2 Samuel 19:8-43

David Restored as King

8 So the king arose and sat in the gate. When they told all the people, saying, "Behold, the king is 1sitting in the gate," then all the people came before the king. Now 2Israel had fled, each to his tent.
9 All the people were quarreling throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, "3The king delivered us from the hand of our enemies and 4saved us from the hand of the Philistines, but now 5he has fled out of the land from Absalom.
10 "However, Absalom, whom we anointed over us, has died in battle. Now then, why are you silent about bringing the king back?"
11 Then King David sent to 6Zadok and Abiathar the priests, saying, "Speak to the elders of Judah, saying, 'Why are you the last to bring the king back to his house, since the word of all Israel has come to the king, even to his house?
12 'You are my brothers; 7you are my bone and my flesh. Why then should you be the last to bring back the king?'
13 "Say to 8Amasa, 'Are you not my bone and my flesh? 9May God do so to me, and more also, if you will not be 10commander of the army before me continually * 11in place of Joab.' "
14 Thus he turned the hearts of all the men of Judah 12as one man, so that they sent word to the king, saying, "Return, you and all your servants."
15 The king then returned and came as far as the Jordan. And Judah came to 13Gilgal in order to go to meet the king, to bring the king across the Jordan.
16 Then 14Shimei the son of Gera, the Benjamite who was from Bahurim, hurried and came down with the men of Judah to meet King David.
17 There were a thousand men of Benjamin with him, with 15Ziba the servant of the house of Saul, and his fifteen * sons and his twenty servants with him; and they rushed to the Jordan before the king.
18 Then they kept crossing the ford to bring over the king's household, and to do what was good in his sight. And Shimei the son of Gera fell down before the king as he was about to cross the Jordan.
19 So he said to the king, "16Let not my lord consider me guilty, nor remember what your servant did wrong on the day when my lord the king came out from Jerusalem, so that the king would take it to heart.
20 "For your servant knows that I have sinned; therefore behold, I have come today, 17the first of all the house of Joseph to go down to meet my lord the king."
21 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah said, "18Should not Shimei be put to death for this, 19because he cursed the LORD'S anointed?"
22 David then said, "20What have I to do with you, O sons of Zeruiah, that you should this day be an adversary to me? 21Should any man be put to death in Israel today? For do I not know that I am king over Israel today?"
23 The king said to Shimei, "22You shall not die." Thus the king swore to him.
24 Then 23Mephibosheth the son of Saul came down to meet the king; and 24he had neither cared for his feet, nor trimmed his mustache, nor 25washed his clothes, from the day the king departed until the day he came home in peace.
25 It was when he came from Jerusalem to meet the king, that the king said to him, "26Why did you not go with me, Mephibosheth?"
26 So he answered, "O my lord, the king, my servant deceived me; for your servant said, 'I will saddle a donkey for myself that I may ride on it and go with the king,' 27because your servant is lame.
27 "Moreover, 28he has slandered your servant to my lord the king; but my lord the king is 29like the angel of God, therefore do what is good in your sight.
28 "For 30all my father's household was nothing but dead men before my lord the king; 31yet you set your servant among those who ate at your own table. What right do I have yet that I should complain anymore to the king?"
29 So the king said to him, "Why do you still speak of your affairs? I have decided, 'You and Ziba shall divide the land.' "
30 Mephibosheth said to the king, "Let him even take it all, since * my lord the king has come safely to his own house."
31 Now 32Barzillai the Gileadite had come down from Rogelim; and he went on to the Jordan with the king to escort him over the Jordan.
32 Now Barzillai was very old, being eighty years old; and he had 33sustained the king while he stayed at Mahanaim, for he was a very great man.
33 The king said to Barzillai, "You cross over with me and I will sustain you in Jerusalem with me."
34 But Barzillai said to the king, "34How long have I yet to live, that I should go up with the king to Jerusalem?
35 "I am now 35eighty years old. Can I distinguish between good and bad? Or can your servant taste what I eat or what I drink? Or can I hear anymore 36the voice of singing men and women? 37Why then should your servant be an added burden to my lord the king?
36 "Your servant would merely cross over the Jordan with the king. Why should the king compensate me with this reward?
37 "Please let your servant return, that I may die in my own city near the grave of my father and my mother. However, here is your servant 38Chimham, let him cross over with my lord the king, and do for him what is good in your sight."
38 The king answered, "Chimham shall cross over with me, and I will do for him what is good in your sight; and whatever * you require of me, I will do for you."
39 All the people crossed over the Jordan and the king crossed too. The king then 39kissed Barzillai and blessed him, and he returned to his place.
40 Now the king went on to Gilgal, and Chimham went on with him; and all the people of Judah and also 40half the people of Israel accompanied the king.
41 And behold, all the men of Israel came to the king and said to the king, "41Why had our brothers 42the men of Judah stolen you away, and brought the king and his household and all David's men with him over the Jordan?"
42 Then all the men of Judah answered the men of Israel, "Because 43the king is a close relative to us. Why then are you angry about this matter? Have we eaten at all at the king's expense, or has anything been taken for us?"
43 But the men of Israel answered the men of Judah and said, "44We have ten parts in the king, therefore we also have more claim on David than you. Why then did you treat us with contempt? Was it not our advice first to bring back our king?" Yet the words of the men of Judah were harsher than the words of the men of Israel.
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