1 After this, Absalom procured a chariot and horses, with fifty men to run ahead of him.
1Kgs 1:5 1Sam 8:11 2Sam 12:11 Ps 20:7 1Kgs 1:33 1Kgs 10:26-29 Deut 17:16
2 He would get up early and stand beside the road leading to the city gate; and whenever a man with some lawsuit had to come before the king's tribunal, Absalom would call out to him and ask, 'Which town are you from?' If he answered, 'Your servant is from one of the tribes of Israel.'
1Kgs 3:16-28 2Sam 19:8 Exod 18:14 Exod 18:16 Exod 18:26 Job 24:14 Matt 27:1
3 then Absalom would say, 'Look, your case is sound and just, but not one of the king's deputies will listen to you.'
1Pet 2:17 2Pet 2:10 2Sam 8:15 Acts 23:5 Dan 11:21 Exod 20:12 Exod 21:17
4 Absalom would say, 'Oh, who will appoint me judge in the land? Then anyone with a lawsuit or a plea could come to me and I should see he had justice!'
Judg 9:29 2Pet 2:19 Judg 9:1-5 Luke 14:8-11 Prov 25:6 Prov 27:2
5 And whenever anyone came up to him to prostrate himself, he would stretch out his hand, draw him to him and kiss him.
2Sam 14:33 Ps 10:9-10 Ps 55:21 Prov 26:25
6 Absalom acted like this with every Israelite who appealed to the king's tribunal, and so Absalom won the Israelites' hearts.
Rom 16:18 2Pet 2:3 Prov 11:9
7 When four years had gone by, Absalom said to the king, 'Allow me to go to Hebron and fulfil the vow which I have made to Yahweh;
Isa 58:4 1Sam 16:1-2 1Sam 16:13 2Sam 13:24-27 2Sam 13:38 Matt 2:8 Matt 23:13
8 for, when I was in Geshur, in Aram, your servant made this vow, "If Yahweh brings me back to Jerusalem, I shall pay my devotions to Yahweh in Hebron." '
2Sam 13:37-38 Gen 28:20-21 1Sam 1:11 1Sam 16:2 2Sam 14:23 2Sam 14:32 Eccl 5:4
9 The king said to him, 'Go in peace.' So he set off and went to Hebron.
10 Absalom sent couriers throughout the tribes of Israel to say, 'When you hear the trumpet sound, you are to say, "Absalom is king at Hebron!" '
1Chr 11:3 1Chr 12:23 1Chr 12:38 1Kgs 1:34 2Kgs 9:13 2Sam 2:1 2Sam 2:11
11 With Absalom went two hundred men from Jerusalem; they had been invited and had gone in all innocence, unaware of what was going on.
1Sam 9:13 1Sam 22:15 1Sam 16:3-5 Gen 20:5 Matt 10:16 Rom 16:18-19 Prov 14:15
12 Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David's counsellor, from Giloh his town, and had him with him while offering the sacrifices. The conspiracy grew in strength, since Absalom's supporters grew in number.
2Sam 15:31 Josh 15:51 Ps 41:9 2Sam 17:14 2Sam 17:23 Ps 55:12-14 1Chr 27:33
13 A messenger came and told David, 'The men of Israel have shifted their allegiance to Absalom.'
Judg 9:3 2Sam 15:6 2Sam 3:36 Matt 21:9 Matt 27:22 Ps 62:9
14 David said to all his retinue then with him in Jerusalem, 'Up, let us flee, or we shall not escape from Absalom! Leave as quickly as you can, in case he mounts a sudden attack, overcomes us and puts the city to the sword.'
2Sam 19:9 2Sam 12:11 2Sam 23:16-17 Ezek 46:18 Luke 10:15 Matt 11:12 Ps 3:1-8
15 The king's retinue replied, 'Whatever my lord the king decides, we are at your service.'
John 6:66-69 John 15:14 Luke 22:28-29 Prov 18:24
16 The king set out on foot with his whole household, leaving ten concubines to look after the palace.
2Sam 16:21-22 2Sam 20:3 Rom 12:2 1Sam 25:27 1Sam 25:42 2Sam 12:11 Judg 4:10
17 The king set out on foot with everyone following, and they halted at the last house.
Eccl 10:7 Ps 3:1-2 Ps 66:12
18 All his officers stood at his side. All the Cherethites and all the Pelethites, with Ittai and all the six hundred Gittites who had come in his retinue from Gath, marched past the king.
2Sam 8:18 1Chr 18:17 1Kgs 1:38 1Sam 30:14 2Sam 20:7 2Sam 20:23 1Sam 27:3
19 The king said to Ittai the Gittite, 'You, why are you coming with us? Go back and stay with the king, for you are a foreigner, indeed an exile from your homeland.
2Sam 18:2 Ruth 1:11-13
20 You arrived only yesterday; should I take you wandering with us today, when I do not know myself where I am going? Go back, take your fellow countrymen with you, and may Yahweh show you mercy and faithful love!'
1Sam 23:13 2Sam 2:6 Heb 11:37-38 John 1:17 2Tim 1:16-18 Amos 8:12 Ps 25:10
21 Ittai replied to the king, 'As Yahweh lives, and as my lord the king lives, wherever my lord the king may be, for death or life, your servant will be there too.'
Ruth 1:16-17 Prov 17:17 1Sam 20:3 1Sam 25:26 2Cor 7:3 2Kgs 2:2 2Kgs 2:4
22 David then said to Ittai, 'Go ahead, march past!' And Ittai of Gath marched past with all his men and with all his children too.
23 The entire population was weeping aloud as the king stood in the bed of the Kidron and everyone marched past him, making for the desert.
2Sam 16:2 1Kgs 2:37 John 18:1 1Kgs 15:13 2Chr 29:16 Luke 1:80 Matt 3:1
24 Zadok was there too, and all the Levites with him, carrying the ark of God. They set the ark of God down beside Abiathar until everyone had finished marching out of the town.
2Sam 8:17 Num 4:15 2Sam 20:25 1Sam 22:20 1Chr 6:8-12 1Chr 15:2 1Kgs 1:8
25 The king then said to Zadok, 'Take the ark of God back into the city. Should I win Yahweh's favour, he will bring me back and allow me to see it and its tent once more.
Jer 25:30 Exod 15:13 1Sam 4:3-11 2Sam 6:17 2Sam 7:2 2Sam 12:10-11 Isa 38:22
26 But should he say, "You displease me," here I am: let him treat me as he sees fit.'
1Sam 3:18 1Kgs 10:9 2Sam 22:20 2Chr 9:8 Isa 62:4 Num 14:8 Isa 42:1
27 The king said to Zadok the priest, 'Look, you and Abiathar go back quietly into the city, with your two sons, your own son Ahimaaz and Jonathan son of Abiathar.
1Sam 9:9 2Sam 17:17 1Chr 25:5 2Sam 15:34 2Sam 15:36 2Sam 24:11
28 You see, I shall wait in the passes of the desert plain until word comes from you bringing me news.'
2Sam 17:16 2Sam 15:23 2Sam 16:2 2Sam 17:1
29 So Zadok and Abiathar took the ark of God back to Jerusalem and stayed there.
30 David then made his way up the Mount of Olives, weeping as he went, his head covered and his feet bare. And all the people with him had their heads covered and made their way up, weeping as they went.
Esth 6:12 2Sam 19:4 Ezek 24:17 Ezek 24:23 Isa 20:2-4 Jer 14:3-4 1Cor 12:26
31 David was then informed that Ahithophel was among the conspirators with Absalom. David said, 'I beg you, Yahweh, turn Ahithophel's advice to folly.'
2Sam 17:14 2Sam 17:23 2Sam 16:23 Jas 3:15 1Cor 1:20 1Cor 3:18-20 Isa 19:11-25
32 As David reached the summit, where God is worshipped, he saw Hushai the Archite, his friend, coming to meet him with his tunic torn and with earth on his head.
Josh 16:2 2Sam 1:2 1Kgs 8:44-45 1Kgs 11:7 2Sam 13:19 2Sam 15:30 2Sam 16:16-19
33 David said, 'If you go along with me, you will be a burden to me.
34 But if you go back to the city and say to Absalom, "I am at your service, my lord king; once I was in your father's service, but now I shall serve you," you will be able to thwart Ahithophel's advice for me.
2Sam 15:20 2Sam 16:16-19 2Sam 17:5-14 Josh 8:2 Matt 10:16
35 Surely the priests Zadok and Abiathar will be with you? Anything you hear from the palace you must report to the priests Zadok and Abiathar.
36 You see, their two sons are there with them, Zadok's son Ahimaaz, and Abiathar's son Jonathan; through these, you will send me word of everything you hear.'
2Sam 17:17 2Sam 15:27 2Sam 18:19-33
37 Hushai, David's friend, entered the city just as Absalom was reaching Jerusalem.
1Chr 27:33 2Sam 16:15-16