1 Now there happened to be a scoundrel there called Sheba son of Bichri, a Benjaminite, who sounded the trumpet and shouted: We have no share in David, we have no heritage in the son of Jesse. Every man to his tents, O Israel!
1Kgs 12:16 2Chr 10:16 Deut 13:13 1Sam 2:12 1Sam 22:7-8 1Sam 30:22 2Chr 10:6
2 At this all the men of Israel deserted David and followed Sheba son of Bichri. But the men of Judah stuck close to their king, from the Jordan all the way to Jerusalem.
2Chr 10:17 2Sam 19:15 2Sam 19:40-41 Acts 11:23 John 6:66-68 Ps 62:9 Ps 118:8-10
3 David returned to his palace in Jerusalem. The king took the ten concubines, whom he had left to look after the palace, and put them under guard. He provided for their upkeep but never went near them again; they were shut away until the day they died, widows, as it were, of a living man.
2Sam 15:16 2Sam 16:21-22 Gen 40:3
4 The king said to Amasa, 'Summon me the men of Judah and be here yourself within three days.'
2Sam 17:25 2Sam 19:13 1Chr 2:17
5 Amasa went off to summon Judah, but he took longer than the time fixed by David.
1Sam 13:8 2Sam 19:13
6 David then said to Abishai, 'Sheba son of Bichri is now in a position to do us more damage even than Absalom. Take your master's retainers and be after him, before he can reach any fortified towns and elude us.'
1Kgs 1:33 2Sam 11:11 2Sam 21:17 1Chr 11:20 1Chr 18:12 1Sam 26:6 2Sam 2:18
7 Joab, the Cherethites, the Pelethites and all the champions took the field under Abishai, setting off from Jerusalem in pursuit of Sheba son of Bichri.
2Sam 8:18 1Kgs 1:38 2Sam 15:18 2Sam 20:23 1Kgs 1:44 2Sam 8:16 2Sam 23:22-23
8 They were near the great stone at Gibeon when Amasa met them, coming the other way. Joab was wearing his uniform, over which he had buckled on a sword hanging from his waist in its scabbard; the sword came out and fell.
2Sam 3:30 2Sam 2:13 2Sam 20:4-5
9 Joab said to Amasa, 'Are you well, brother?' and, with his right hand, took Amasa by the beard to kiss him.
Luke 22:47-48 Matt 26:48-49 Mic 7:2 Ps 55:21 Prov 26:24-26
10 Amasa paid no attention to the sword, which Joab had now picked up, and Joab struck him with it in the belly, spilling his entrails all over the ground. He did not need to strike a second blow; and Amasa died, while Joab and Abishai hurried on in pursuit of Sheba son of Bichri.
2Sam 2:23 2Sam 3:27 Judg 3:21 1Chr 12:2 1Kgs 2:5-6 1Kgs 2:31-34 1Sam 26:8
11 One of Joab's men stood on guard beside Amasa, shouting, 'Whoever is on Joab's side, whoever is for David, follow Joab!'
2Sam 20:13 2Kgs 9:32 2Sam 20:4 2Sam 20:6-7 2Sam 20:21
12 Amasa meanwhile lay wallowing in his blood in the middle of the road. Seeing that everyone was stopping, the man dragged Amasa off the road into the field and threw a cloak over him, having realised that everyone passing would stop.
2Sam 17:25 Ps 9:16 Ps 55:23 Prov 24:21-22
13 Once Amasa had been taken off the road, the men all carried on, following Joab in pursuit of Sheba son of Bichri.
1Sam 6:12 2Kgs 18:17 2Sam 20:12-13 Isa 7:3 Isa 36:2 Isa 62:10 Jer 31:21
14 Sheba crossed all the tribes of Israel as far as Abel Beth-Maacah, and the Bichrites all . . . They formed up and followed him.
2Kgs 15:29 1Kgs 15:20 2Chr 16:4 Josh 18:25 Num 21:16
15 Laying siege to him in Abel Beth-Maacah, they threw up a ramp against the outer wall of the town,
2Kgs 19:32 Jer 32:24 1Kgs 15:20 2Kgs 15:29 Ezek 4:2 Isa 37:33 Jer 6:6
16 while the whole army accompanying Joab undermined the wall to bring it down. A quick-witted woman shouted from the town, 'Listen!
2Sam 14:2 1Sam 25:3 1Sam 25:32-33 Eccl 9:14-18
17 Listen! Say to Joab, "Come here, I want to speak to you." ' He came forward, and the woman said, 'Are you Joab?' 'I am', he replied. She said, 'Listen to what your servant says.' 'I am listening,' he replied.
1Sam 25:24 2Sam 14:12
18 She then spoke as follows, 'In olden days people used to say, "Abel and Dan are where you should enquire
19 whether a tradition established by the faithful of Israel has finally died out." And yet you are trying to destroy a town, a metropolis of Israel. Why do you want to devour Yahweh's heritage?'
1Sam 26:19 2Sam 21:3 2Sam 17:16 1Cor 15:54 1Tim 2:2 2Cor 5:4 Deut 32:9
20 'The last thing I want to do', said Joab, 'is either to devour or to destroy.
2Sam 20:10 2Sam 23:17 Jer 17:9 Job 21:16 Job 22:18 Luke 10:29 Prov 28:13
21 This is not the issue; a man from the highlands of Ephraim, called Sheba son of Bichri, has revolted against the king, against David. Hand that one man over and I will raise the siege of the town.' 'Very well,' the woman said to Joab, 'his head will be thrown over the wall to you.'
1Sam 24:6 1Sam 26:9 2Kgs 5:22 2Kgs 10:7 2Sam 17:2-3 2Sam 20:1 2Sam 23:18
22 The woman went and spoke to all the people as her wisdom dictated. They cut off the head of Sheba son of Bichri and threw it down to Joab. He had the trumpet sounded and they withdrew from the town and all went home, while Joab himself went back to the king in Jerusalem.
2Sam 20:1 Eccl 7:19 2Sam 2:28 2Sam 3:28-39 2Sam 11:6-21 2Sam 18:16 2Sam 20:16
23 Joab commanded the whole army; Benaiah son of Jehoiada commanded the Cherethites and Pelethites;
2Sam 8:16-18 1Chr 18:15-17 1Kgs 4:3-6
24 Adoram was in charge of forced labour; Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud was herald;
1Kgs 4:3 1Kgs 12:18 1Kgs 4:6
25 Shiya was secretary; Zadok and Abiathar were priests;
1Kgs 4:4 2Sam 8:17 1Chr 18:16
26 also: Ira the Jairite was David's priest.
2Sam 23:38 Exod 2:14 1Chr 11:40 2Chr 35:15 2Sam 8:18 Exod 2:16 Exod 24:11