Hushai Frustrates The Counsel Of Ahithophel

1 Furthermore, Ahithophel said to Absalom, “Please let me choose 12,000 men that I may arise and pursue David tonight.

1 Moreover Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Let me now choose out twelve thousand men, and I will arise and pursue after David this night:

1 Ahithophel said to Absalom, “Let me choose 12,000 men, and I will set out in pursuit of David tonight.

1 "I'll catch him while he is still tired and weak. I'll frighten him so all his people with him desert him. But I'll only kill the king.

1 Then, Ahithophel said to Absalom, “Please let me choose 12,000 men, and I will set out and pursue David tonight.

2 (A)I will come upon him while he is weary and (a)exhausted and terrify him, so that all the people who are with him will flee. Then (B)I will strike down the king alone,

2 And I will come upon him while he is weary and weak handed, and will make him afraid: and all the people that are with him shall flee; and I will smite the king only:

2 I will attack him while he is weak and weary, throw him into a panic, and all the people with him will scatter. I will strike down only the king

2 Then I'll bring everybody else back to you. When the man you're looking for is dead, all the rest of the people will return quietly."

2 I will (a)strike while he is weary and (b)exhausted, and terrify him; and all the people with him will flee [in terror]. Then I will attack the king alone,

3 and I will bring back all the people to you. (b)The return of everyone depends on the man you seek; then all the people will be at (C)peace.”

3 And I will bring back all the people unto thee: the man whom thou seekest is as if all returned: so all the people shall be in peace.

3 and bring all the people back to you. When everyone returns except the man you’re seeking, all(a) the people will be at peace.”

3 Even though this plan seemed like a good idea to Absalom and to all of the elders of Israel,

3 and I will bring all the people [who follow David] back to you. (c)The return of everyone depends on the [death of the] man you are seeking; then all the people will be at peace [and accept you as king].”

4 So the (c)plan pleased Absalom and all the elders of Israel.

4 And the saying pleased Absalom well, and all the elders of Israel.

4 This proposal seemed good to Absalom and all the elders of Israel.

4 Absalom replied, "Call in Hushai the Archite so I can hear what he has to say, too!"

4 So the plan (d)pleased Absalom and all the elders of Israel.

Hushai Counters Ahithophel's Advice

5 Then Absalom said, “Now call (D)Hushai the Archite also, and let us hear what (d)he has to say.”

5 Then said Absalom, Call now Hushai the Archite also, and let us hear likewise what he saith.

5 Then Absalom said, “Summon Hushai the Archite also. Let’s hear what he has to say as well.”

5 When Hushai approached Absalom, Absalom asked him, "Here's what Ahithophel had to advise. Should we do what he says? Or if not, say so!"

5 Nevertheless, Absalom said, “Now call Hushai the Archite also, and let us hear what he has to say.”

6 When Hushai had come to Absalom, Absalom said to (e)him, “Ahithophel has spoken (f)thus. Shall we (g)carry out his plan? If not, you speak.”

6 And when Hushai was come to Absalom, Absalom spake unto him, saying, Ahithophel hath spoken after this manner: shall we do after his saying? if not; speak thou.

6 So Hushai came to Absalom, and Absalom told him: “Ahithophel offered this proposal. Should we carry out his proposal? If not, what do you say?”

6 "Ahithophel's advice is not best at this time," Hushai suggested to Absalom.

6 When Hushai came to Absalom, Absalom said to him, “Ahithophel has advised this [plan of action]. Should we do what he says? If not, you speak [and explain why not].”

7 So Hushai said to Absalom, “(E)This time the advice that Ahithophel has (h)given is not good.”

7 And Hushai said unto Absalom, The counsel that Ahithophel hath given is not good at this time.

7 Hushai replied to Absalom, “The advice Ahithophel has given this time is not good.”

7 "You know how strong your father and his men are. They're as mad as a bear robbed of her cubs! Furthermore, your father is a skilled warrior. He won't stay with his army at night.

7 So Hushai said to Absalom, “Ahithophel has not given good advice this time.”

8 Moreover, Hushai said, “You know your father and his men, that they are mighty men and they are (i)fierce, (F)like a bear robbed of her cubs in the field. And your father is an (j)expert in warfare, and will not spend the night with the people.

8 For, said Hushai, thou knowest thy father and his men, that they be mighty men, and they be chafed in their minds, as a bear robbed of her whelps in the field: and thy father is a man of war, and will not lodge with the people.

8 Hushai continued, “You know your father and his men. They are warriors and are desperate like a wild bear robbed of her cubs. Your father is an experienced soldier who won’t spend the night with the people.

8 Look! He's probably already hiding in a cave or someplace like that. If the first attack fails, people will hear about it and think, "Absalom's army is losing!'

8 And Hushai said, “You know your father and his men, that they are brave men, and they are (e)enraged and fierce, like a bear deprived of her cubs in the field. Your father is a [shrewd] man of war, and will not spend the night with the people [knowing that you seek his life].

9 Behold, he has now hidden himself in one of the (k)caves or in another place; and it will be (l)when he falls on them at the first attack, that whoever hears it will say, ‘There has been a slaughter among the people who follow Absalom.’

9 Behold, he is hid now in some pit, or in some other place: and it will come to pass, when some of them be overthrown at the first, that whosoever heareth it will say, There is a slaughter among the people that follow Absalom.

9 He’s probably already hiding in one of the caves(b) or some other place. If some of our troops fall(c) first, someone is sure to hear and say, ‘There’s been a slaughter among the people who follow Absalom.’

9 Then even men who would otherwise be as brave as lions will be scared, because every Israeli knows your father is a mighty man, and they know his men are valiant!

9 Behold, he has hidden himself [even] now in one of the ravines or in another place; and when some of (f)your troops fall at the first attack, whoever hears about it will say, ‘There has been a defeat among the people who follow Absalom.’

10 And even the one who is valiant, whose heart is like the heart of a lion, (G)will completely (m)lose heart; for all Israel knows that your father is a mighty man and those who are with him are valiant men.

10 And he also that is valiant, whose heart is as the heart of a lion, shall utterly melt: for all Israel knoweth that thy father is a mighty man, and they which be with him are valiant men.

10 Then, even a brave man with the heart of a lion(A) will melt because all Israel knows that your father and the valiant men with him are warriors.

10 So here's my advice: Muster everybody from one end of the country to the other! You'll have an army in number like the sand on the seashore! Then you'll go into battle!

10 And even the one who is brave, whose heart is like the heart of a lion, will completely lose heart and melt away; for all Israel knows that your father is a mighty man, and that those who are with him are brave men.

11 But I counsel that all Israel be surely gathered to you, (H)from Dan even to Beersheba, (I)as the sand that is by the sea in abundance, and that (n)you personally go into battle.

11 Therefore I counsel that all Israel be generally gathered unto thee, from Dan even to Beersheba, as the sand that is by the sea for multitude; and that thou go to battle in thine own person.

11 Instead, I advise that all Israel from Dan to Beer-sheba—as numerous as the sand by the sea—be gathered to you and that you personally go into battle.

11 We'll go find David wherever he's hiding. We'll fall on him like dew on the ground! We'll kill him and all of his men, and we won't leave even one man alive!

11 But I advise that all [the men of] Israel be summoned to you, from Dan [in the north] to Beersheba [in the south], like the sand that is by the sea in abundance, and that you personally go into battle.

12 So we shall come to him in one of the places where he can be found, and we will (o)fall on him (J)as the dew falls on the ground; and of him and of all the men who are with him, not even one will be left.

12 So shall we come upon him in some place where he shall be found, and we will light upon him as the dew falleth on the ground: and of him and of all the men that are with him there shall not be left so much as one.

12 Then we will attack David wherever we find him, and we will descend on him like dew on the ground. Not even one will be left of all the men with him.

12 If he escapes into a city, we'll bring ropes to that city and tear it down! We won't leave a single stone left in the valley!"

12 So shall we come upon David in one of the places where he can be found, and we will fall on him as the dew falls [unseen and unheard] on the ground; and of him and of all the men who are with him, not even one will be left.

13 If he withdraws into a city, then all Israel shall bring ropes to that city, and we will (K)drag it into the (p)valley until not even a small stone is found there.”

13 Moreover, if he be gotten into a city, then shall all Israel bring ropes to that city, and we will draw it into the river, until there be not one small stone found there.

13 If he retreats to some city, all Israel will bring ropes to that city, and we will drag its stones into the valley until not even a pebble can be found there.”

13 Absalom and all of the Israelis replied, "The advice of Hushai the Archite is better than Ahithophel's!"

13 If he retreats into a city, then all Israel shall bring ropes to that city, and we will drag it into the ravine until not even a pebble [of it] is found there.”

14 Then Absalom and all the men of Israel said, “The counsel of Hushai the Archite is better than the counsel of Ahithophel.” For (L)the Lord had ordained to thwart the good counsel of Ahithophel, so that the Lord might bring calamity on Absalom.

14 And Absalom and all the men of Israel said, The counsel of Hushai the Archite is better than the counsel of Ahithophel. For the LORD had appointed to defeat the good counsel of Ahithophel, to the intent that the LORD might bring evil upon Absalom.

14 Since the Lord had decreed(B) that Ahithophel’s good advice be undermined(C) in order to bring about Absalom’s ruin, Absalom and all the men of Israel said, “The advice of Hushai the Archite is better than Ahithophel’s advice.”

14 But the LORD had planned to circumvent the sound advice of Ahithophel so the LORD could bring Absalom to destruction. So Hushai told Zadok and Abiathar, the priests, what Ahithophel had suggested to Absalom and the elders of Israel. He also reported what he himself had proposed. Hushai said,

14 Then Absalom and all the men of Israel said, “The advice of Hushai the Archite is better than that of Ahithophel.” For the Lord had ordained to thwart the good advice of Ahithophel, so that the Lord could bring disaster upon Absalom.

Hushai Sends Word To David

15 Then (M)Hushai said to Zadok and to Abiathar the priests, “(q)This is what Ahithophel counseled Absalom and the elders of Israel, and (r)this is what I have counseled.

15 Then said Hushai unto Zadok and to Abiathar the priests, Thus and thus did Ahithophel counsel Absalom and the elders of Israel; and thus and thus have I counselled.

15 Hushai then told the priests Zadok and Abiathar, “This is what(d) Ahithophel advised Absalom and the elders of Israel, and this is what(e) I advised.

15 Now Ahithophel's advice that he provided at that time was being compared to one who inquired of God, so highly regarded was Ahithophel's counsel by both David and Absalom.

15 Then Hushai said to Zadok and Abiathar the priests, “This is the advice that Ahithophel gave to Absalom and the elders of Israel, and this is the advice that I have given.

16 Now therefore, send quickly and tell David, saying, ‘(N)Do not spend the night at the fords of the wilderness, but by all means cross over, or else the king and all the people who are with him will be (s)destroyed.’”

16 Now therefore send quickly, and tell David, saying, Lodge not this night in the plains of the wilderness, but speedily pass over; lest the king be swallowed up, and all the people that are with him.

16 Now send someone quickly and tell David, ‘Don’t spend the night at the wilderness ford of the Jordan,(D) but be sure to cross over, or the king and all the people with him will be destroyed.’”

16 "Quick! Get word to David! Tell him not to spend the night at the crossings that lead to the desert. Instead, he must cross the Jordan River immediately. That way, if he crosses the river, the king and his entourage will survive."

16 Now then, send word quickly and tell David, ‘Do not spend the night at the (g)fords [on the west side of the Jordan] in the wilderness, but by all means cross over [to the east side of the river], or else the king and all the people with him will be destroyed [if Ahithophel is allowed by Absalom to lead an attack].’”

17 (O)Now Jonathan and Ahimaaz were staying at (P)En-rogel, and a maidservant would go and tell them, and they would go and tell King David, for they could not be seen entering the city.

17 Now Jonathan and Ahimaaz stayed by Enrogel; for they might not be seen to come into the city: and a wench went and told them; and they went and told king David.

17 Jonathan and Ahimaaz were staying at En-rogel, where a servant girl would come and pass along information to them. They in turn would go and inform King David, because they dared not be seen entering the city.

17 "Give me 12,000 men! I'll leave tonight and pursue David," Ahithophel advised Absalom.

17 Now Jonathan and Ahimaaz [the priests’ sons] were staying at (h)En-rogel, and a maidservant [appearing to go for water] would go and tell them [what was happening], and they would go [secretly] and inform King David; for they could not [allow themselves to] be seen coming into the city [of Jerusalem].

18 But a lad did see them and told Absalom; so the two of them departed quickly and came to the house of a man (Q)in Bahurim, who had a well in his courtyard, and they went down (t)into it.

18 Nevertheless a lad saw them, and told Absalom: but they went both of them away quickly, and came to a man's house in Bahurim, which had a well in his court; whither they went down.

18 However, a young man did see them and informed Absalom. So the two left quickly and came to the house of a man in Bahurim. He had a well in his courtyard, and they climbed down into it.

18 Meanwhile, since they could not risk being seen entering the city, Jonathan and Ahimaaz had been waiting at En-rogel, where a young servant woman was to go to inform them and they would then go brief King David.

18 But a boy saw them and told Absalom; so the two of them left quickly and came to the house of a man in Bahurim, who had a well in his courtyard, and [with his permission] they went down into it.

19 And (R)the woman (u)took a covering and spread it over the well’s mouth and scattered grain on it, so that nothing was known.

19 And the woman took and spread a covering over the well's mouth, and spread ground corn thereon; and the thing was not known.

19 Then his wife took the cover, placed it over the mouth of the well, and scattered grain on it so nobody would know anything.

19 But a young man observed Jonathan and Ahimaaz and informed Absalom, so they left in a hurry, arrived at the home of a man who lived at Bahurim, and hid inside a well that was in his courtyard.

19 And the woman [of the house] took a covering and spread it over the mouth of the well and scattered grain on it; so nothing was discovered.

20 Then Absalom’s servants came to the woman at the house and said, “Where are Ahimaaz and Jonathan?” And (S)the woman said to them, “They have crossed the brook of water.” And when they searched and could not find them, they returned to Jerusalem.

20 And when Absalom's servants came to the woman to the house, they said, Where is Ahimaaz and Jonathan? And the woman said unto them, They be gone over the brook of water. And when they had sought and could not find them, they returned to Jerusalem.

20 Absalom’s servants came to the woman at the house and asked, “Where are Ahimaaz and Jonathan?”“They passed by toward the water,”(f) the woman replied to them. The men searched but did not find them, so they returned to Jerusalem.

20 The man's wife grabbed a sheet, covered the mouth of the well with it, and spread some dried grain over it. As a result, nobody could tell it was a hiding place.

20 Then Absalom’s servants came to the woman at the house and asked, “Where are Ahimaaz and Jonathan?” And the woman said to them, “They have crossed over the brook.” When they searched and could not find them, they returned to Jerusalem.

21 It came about after they had departed that they came up out of the well and went and told King David; and they said to David, “(T)Arise and cross over the water quickly for thus Ahithophel has counseled against you.”

21 And it came to pass, after they were departed, that they came up out of the well, and went and told king David, and said unto David, Arise, and pass quickly over the water: for thus hath Ahithophel counselled against you.

21 After they had gone, Ahimaaz and Jonathan climbed out of the well and went and informed King David. They told him, “Get up and immediately ford the river, for Ahithophel has given this advice against you.”

21 When Absalom's servants approached the woman of the house, they asked her, "Where are Ahimaaz and Jonathan?" "They've already crossed the brook," the woman answered. So Absalom's servants went away in search of Jonathan and Ahimaaz, but they couldn't find them, so they returned to Jerusalem.

21 After they left, Jonathan and Ahimaaz came up out of the well and went and informed King David, and said to David, “Arise and cross over the (i)Jordan River quickly, for Ahithophel has advised [an attack] against you.”

22 Then David and all the people who were with him arose and crossed the Jordan; and by (v)dawn not even one remained who had not crossed the Jordan.

22 Then David arose, and all the people that were with him, and they passed over Jordan: by the morning light there lacked not one of them that was not gone over Jordan.

22 So David and all the people with him got up and crossed the Jordan. By daybreak, there was no one who had not crossed the Jordan.

22 A little while later, the men crawled up out of the well and went off to talk to King David. They told David, "Get up! Cross the water quickly, because this is what Ahithophel advised about you""

22 Then David and all the people who were with him departed and crossed over the Jordan. By daybreak, not even one was left who had not crossed the Jordan.

23 Now when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not (w)followed, he (x)saddled his donkey and arose and went to his home, to (U)his city, and (y)(V)set his house in order, and (W)strangled himself; thus he died and was buried in the grave of his father.

23 And when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his ass, and arose, and gat him home to his house, to his city, and put his household in order, and hanged himself, and died, and was buried in the sepulchre of his father.

23 When Ahithophel realized that his advice had not been followed, he saddled his donkey and set out for his house in his hometown. He set his affairs in order(g) and hanged himself. So he died and was buried in his father’s tomb.

23 So David got up and all of his entourage crossed the Jordan River. Everyone had crossed the Jordan River by dawn's first light.

23 Now when Ahithophel saw that his advice had not been followed, he saddled his donkey and set out and went to his home, to his city. Then he put his household in order, and hanged himself. So he died and was buried in the tomb of his father.

War Between David And Absalom

24 Then David came to (X)Mahanaim. And Absalom crossed the Jordan, he and all the men of Israel with him.

24 Then David came to Mahanaim. And Absalom passed over Jordan, he and all the men of Israel with him.

24 David had arrived at Mahanaim by the time Absalom crossed the Jordan with all the men of Israel.

24 Meanwhile, when Ahithophel observed that his counsel was not being acted upon, he saddled his donkey, got up, and left for his hometown. Leaving behind a set of orders for his household, he hanged himself. After his death he was buried in his father's tomb.

24 Then David came to Mahanaim. And Absalom crossed over the Jordan, he and all the men of Israel with him.

25 Absalom set (Y)Amasa over the army in place of Joab. Now Amasa was the son of a man whose name was (z)Ithra the Israelite, who went in to Abigail the daughter of (Z)Nahash, sister of Zeruiah, Joab’s mother.

25 And Absalom made Amasa captain of the host instead of Joab: which Amasa was a man's son, whose name was Ithra an Israelite, that went in to Abigail the daughter of Nahash, sister to Zeruiah Joab's mother.

25 Now Absalom had appointed Amasa(E) over the army in Joab’s place. Amasa was the son of a man named Ithra(h) the Israelite;(i)(F) Ithra had married Abigail daughter of Nahash.(j) Abigail was a sister to Zeruiah, Joab’s mother.

25 Later, David arrived at Mahanaim. Absalom and all of the Israelis who supported him crossed the Jordan River.

25 Absalom put Amasa in command of the army instead of Joab. Now Amasa was the son of a man named (j)Ithra the Israelite, who had married Abigail the daughter of Nahash, [the half sister of David and] the sister of Zeruiah, Joab’s mother.

26 And Israel and Absalom camped in the land of Gilead.

26 So Israel and Absalom pitched in the land of Gilead.

26 And Israel and Absalom camped in the land of Gilead.

26 Absalom had installed Amasa in place of Joab over the army. (Amasa was the son of a man named Jether the Ishmaelite. His mother was Abigail, a daughter of Nahash and a sister of Zeruiah, Joab's mother.)

26 So Israel and Absalom camped in the land of Gilead.

27 Now when David had come to Mahanaim, Shobi (AA)the son of Nahash from (AB)Rabbah of the sons of Ammon, (AC)Machir the son of Ammiel from Lo-debar, and (AD)Barzillai the Gileadite from Rogelim,

27 And it came to pass, when David was come to Mahanaim, that Shobi the son of Nahash of Rabbah of the children of Ammon, and Machir the son of Ammiel of Lodebar, and Barzillai the Gileadite of Rogelim,

27 When David came to Mahanaim, Shobi son of Nahash(G) from Rabbah(H) of the Ammonites, Machir son of Ammiel from Lo-debar,(I) and Barzillai the Gileadite from Rogelim(J)

27 Absalom and the Israelis with him camped in the territory of Gilead.

27 When David came to Mahanaim, Shobi the son of Nahash from Rabbah of the Ammonites, and Machir the son of Ammiel from Lo-debar, and Barzillai the Gileadite from Rogelim

28 brought (AE)beds, basins, pottery, wheat, barley, flour, parched grain, beans, lentils, parched seeds,

28 Brought beds, and basons, and earthen vessels, and wheat, and barley, and flour, and parched corn, and beans, and lentiles, and parched pulse,

28 brought beds, basins,(k) and pottery items. They also brought wheat, barley, flour, roasted grain, beans, lentils,(l)

28 When David arrived at Mahanaim, Shobi (Nahash's son from the Ammonite town of Rabbah), Makir (Ammiel's son from Lo-debar), and Barzillai (from Rogelim in Gilead) were already there.

28 brought beds, basins, pottery, wheat, barley, flour, roasted grain, broad beans, lentils, and [other] roasted grain,

29 honey, curds, sheep, and cheese of the herd, for David and for the people who were with him, (AF)to eat; for they said, “The people are hungry and weary and thirsty in the wilderness.”

29 And honey, and butter, and sheep, and cheese of kine, for David, and for the people that were with him, to eat: for they said, The people is hungry, and weary, and thirsty, in the wilderness.

29 honey, curds, sheep, and cheese(m) from the herd for David and the people with him to eat. They had reasoned, “The people must be hungry, exhausted, and thirsty in the desert.”

29 They brought along bedding, bowls, clay basins, wheat, barley, flour, roasted grains, beans, peas,

29 honey, cream, sheep, and cheese of the herd, for David and the people who were with him, to eat; for they said, “The people are hungry and weary and thirsty in the wilderness.”

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