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2 Samuel 15:13-37 New King James Version (NKJV)

David Escapes from Jerusalem

13 Now a messenger came to David, saying, “The hearts of the men of Israel are [a]with Absalom.”

14 So David said to all his servants who were with him at Jerusalem, “Arise, and let us flee, or we shall not escape from Absalom. Make haste to depart, lest he overtake us suddenly and bring disaster upon us, and strike the city with the edge of the sword.”

15 And the king’s servants said to the king, “We are your servants, ready to do whatever my lord the king commands.” 16 Then the king went out with all his household after him. But the king left ten women, concubines, to keep the house. 17 And the king went out with all the people after him, and stopped at the outskirts. 18 Then all his servants passed [b]before him; and all the Cherethites, all the Pelethites, and all the Gittites, six hundred men who had followed him from Gath, passed before the king.

19 Then the king said to Ittai the Gittite, “Why are you also going with us? Return and remain with the king. For you are a foreigner and also an exile from your own place. 20 In fact, you came only yesterday. Should I make you wander up and down with us today, since I go I know not where? Return, and take your brethren back. Mercy and truth be with you.”

21 But Ittai answered the king and said, As the Lord lives, and as my lord the king lives, surely in whatever place my lord the king shall be, whether in death or life, even there also your servant will be.”

22 So David said to Ittai, “Go, and cross over.” Then Ittai the Gittite and all his men and all the little ones who were with him crossed over. 23 And all the country wept with a loud voice, and all the people crossed over. The king himself also crossed over the Brook Kidron, and all the people crossed over toward the way of the wilderness.

24 There was Zadok also, and all the Levites with him, bearing the ark of the covenant of God. And they set down the ark of God, and Abiathar went up until all the people had finished crossing over from the city. 25 Then the king said to Zadok, “Carry the ark of God back into the city. If I find favor in the eyes of the Lord, He will bring me back and show me both it and His dwelling place. 26 But if He says thus: ‘I have no delight in you,’ here I am, let Him do to me as seems good to Him.” 27 The king also said to Zadok the priest, “Are you not a seer?[c] Return to the city in peace, and your two sons with you, Ahimaaz your son, and Jonathan the son of Abiathar. 28 See, I will wait in the plains of the wilderness until word comes from you to inform me.” 29 Therefore Zadok and Abiathar carried the ark of God back to Jerusalem. And they remained there.

30 So David went up by the Ascent of the Mount of Olives, and wept as he went up; and he had his head covered and went barefoot. And all the people who were with him covered their heads and went up, weeping as they went up. 31 Then someone told David, saying, “Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom.” And David said, “O Lord, I pray, turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness!”

32 Now it happened when David had come to the top of the mountain, where he worshiped God—there was Hushai the Archite coming to meet him with his robe torn and dust on his head. 33 David said to him, “If you go on with me, then you will become a burden to me. 34 But if you return to the city, and say to Absalom, ‘I will be your servant, O king; as I was your father’s servant previously, so I will now also be your servant,’ then you may defeat the counsel of Ahithophel for me. 35 And do you not have Zadok and Abiathar the priests with you there? Therefore it will be that whatever you hear from the king’s house, you shall tell to Zadok and Abiathar the priests. 36 Indeed they have there with them their two sons, Ahimaaz, Zadok’s son, and Jonathan, Abiathar’s son; and by them you shall send me everything you hear.”

37 So Hushai, David’s friend, went into the city. And Absalom came into Jerusalem.

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Samuel 15:13 Lit. after
  2. 2 Samuel 15:18 Lit. by his hand
  3. 2 Samuel 15:27 prophet
New King James Version (NKJV)

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

撒 母 耳 記 下 15:13-37 Chinese Union Version (Traditional) (CUV)

13 有 人 報 告 大 衛 說 : 以 色 列 人 的 心 都 歸 向 押 沙 龍 了 !

14 大 衛 就 對 耶 路 撒 冷 跟 隨 他 的 臣 僕 說 : 我 們 要 起 來 逃 走 , 不 然 都 不 能 躲 避 押 沙 龍 了 ; 要 速 速 地 去 , 恐 怕 他 忽 然 來 到 , 加 害 於 我 們 , 用 刀 殺 盡 合 城 的 人 。

15 王 的 臣 僕 對 王 說 : 我 主 我 王 所 定 的 , 僕 人 都 願 遵 行 。

16 於 是 王 帶 著 全 家 的 人 出 去 了 , 但 留 下 十 個 妃 嬪 看 守 宮 殿 。

17 王 出 去 , 眾 民 都 跟 隨 他 , 到 伯 墨 哈 , 就 住 下 了 。

18 王 的 臣 僕 都 在 他 面 前 過 去 。 基 利 提 人 、 比 利 提 人 , 就 是 從 迦 特 跟 隨 王 來 的 六 百 人 , 也 都 在 他 面 前 過 去 。

19 王 對 迦 特 人 以 太 說 : 你 是 外 邦 逃 來 的 人 , 為 甚 麼 與 我 們 同 去 呢 ? 你 可 以 回 去 與 新 王 同 住 , 或 者 回 你 本 地 去 罷 !

20 你 來 的 日 子 不 多 , 我 今 日 怎 好 叫 你 與 我 們 一 同 飄 流 、 沒 有 一 定 的 住 處 呢 ? 你 不 如 帶 你 的 弟 兄 回 去 罷 ! 願 耶 和 華 用 慈 愛 誠 實 待 你 。

21 以 太 對 王 說 : 我 指 著 永 生 的 耶 和 華 起 誓 , 又 敢 在 王 面 前 起 誓 : 無 論 生 死 , 王 在 哪 裡 , 僕 人 也 必 在 那 裡 。

22 大 衛 對 以 太 說 : 你 前 去 過 河 罷 ! 於 是 迦 特 人 以 太 帶 著 跟 隨 他 的 人 和 所 有 的 婦 人 孩 子 , 就 都 過 去 了 。

23 本 地 的 人 都 放 聲 大 哭 。 眾 民 盡 都 過 去 , 王 也 過 了 汲 淪 溪 ; 眾 民 往 曠 野 去 了 。

24 撒 督 和 抬 神 約 櫃 的 利 未 人 也 一 同 來 了 , 將 神 的 約 櫃 放 下 。 亞 比 亞 他 上 來 , 等 著 眾 民 從 城 裡 出 來 過 去 。

25 王 對 撒 督 說 : 你 將 神 的 約 櫃 抬 回 城 去 。 我 若 在 耶 和 華 眼 前 蒙 恩 , 他 必 使 我 回 來 , 再 見 約 櫃 和 他 的 居 所 。

26 倘 若 他 說 : 我 不 喜 悅 你 , 看 哪 , 我 在 這 裡 , 願 他 憑 自 己 的 意 旨 待 我 !

27 王 又 對 祭 司 撒 督 說 : 你 不 是 先 見 麼 ? 你 可 以 安 然 回 城 ; 你 兒 子 亞 希 瑪 斯 和 亞 比 亞 他 的 兒 子 約 拿 單 都 可 以 與 你 同 去 。

28 我 在 曠 野 的 渡 口 那 裡 等 你 們 報 信 給 我 。

29 於 是 撒 督 和 亞 比 亞 他 將 神 的 約 櫃 抬 回 耶 路 撒 冷 , 他 們 就 住 在 那 裡 。

30 大 衛 蒙 頭 赤 腳 上 橄 欖 山 , 一 面 上 一 面 哭 。 跟 隨 他 的 人 也 都 蒙 頭 哭 著 上 去 ;

31 有 人 告 訴 大 衛 說 : 亞 希 多 弗 也 在 叛 黨 之 中 , 隨 從 押 沙 龍 。 大 衛 禱 告 說 : 耶 和 華 啊 , 求 你 使 亞 希 多 弗 的 計 謀 變 為 愚 拙 !

32 大 衛 到 了 山 頂 、 敬 拜 神 的 地 方 , 見 亞 基 人 戶 篩 , 衣 服 撕 裂 , 頭 蒙 灰 塵 來 迎 接 他 。

33 大 衛 對 他 說 : 你 若 與 我 同 去 , 必 累 贅 我 ;

34 你 若 回 城 去 , 對 押 沙 龍 說 : 王 啊 , 我 願 作 你 的 僕 人 ; 我 向 來 作 你 父 親 的 僕 人 , 現 在 我 也 照 樣 作 你 的 僕 人 。 這 樣 , 你 就 可 以 為 我 破 壞 亞 希 多 弗 的 計 謀 。

35 祭 司 撒 督 和 亞 比 亞 他 豈 不 都 在 那 裡 麼 ? 你 在 王 宮 裡 聽 見 甚 麼 , 就 要 告 訴 祭 司 撒 督 和 亞 比 亞 他 。

36 撒 督 的 兒 子 亞 希 瑪 斯 , 亞 比 亞 他 的 兒 子 約 拿 單 , 也 都 在 那 裡 。 凡 你 們 所 聽 見 的 可 以 託 這 二 人 來 報 告 我 。

37 於 是 , 大 衛 的 朋 友 戶 篩 進 了 城 ; 押 沙 龍 也 進 了 耶 路 撒 冷 。

2 Samuel 15:13-37 New International Version (NIV)

David Flees

13 A messenger came and told David, “The hearts of the people of Israel are with Absalom.”

14 Then David said to all his officials who were with him in Jerusalem, “Come! We must flee, or none of us will escape from Absalom. We must leave immediately, or he will move quickly to overtake us and bring ruin on us and put the city to the sword.”

15 The king’s officials answered him, “Your servants are ready to do whatever our lord the king chooses.”

16 The king set out, with his entire household following him; but he left ten concubines to take care of the palace. 17 So the king set out, with all the people following him, and they halted at the edge of the city. 18 All his men marched past him, along with all the Kerethites and Pelethites; and all the six hundred Gittites who had accompanied him from Gath marched before the king.

19 The king said to Ittai the Gittite, “Why should you come along with us? Go back and stay with King Absalom. You are a foreigner, an exile from your homeland. 20 You came only yesterday. And today shall I make you wander about with us, when I do not know where I am going? Go back, and take your people with you. May the Lord show you kindness and faithfulness.”[a]

21 But Ittai replied to the king, “As surely as the Lord lives, and as my lord the king lives, wherever my lord the king may be, whether it means life or death, there will your servant be.”

22 David said to Ittai, “Go ahead, march on.” So Ittai the Gittite marched on with all his men and the families that were with him.

23 The whole countryside wept aloud as all the people passed by. The king also crossed the Kidron Valley, and all the people moved on toward the wilderness.

24 Zadok was there, too, and all the Levites who were with him were carrying the ark of the covenant of God. They set down the ark of God, and Abiathar offered sacrifices until all the people had finished leaving the city.

25 Then the king said to Zadok, “Take the ark of God back into the city. If I find favor in the Lord’s eyes, he will bring me back and let me see it and his dwelling place again. 26 But if he says, ‘I am not pleased with you,’ then I am ready; let him do to me whatever seems good to him.

27 The king also said to Zadok the priest, “Do you understand? Go back to the city with my blessing. Take your son Ahimaaz with you, and also Abiathar’s son Jonathan. You and Abiathar return with your two sons. 28 I will wait at the fords in the wilderness until word comes from you to inform me.” 29 So Zadok and Abiathar took the ark of God back to Jerusalem and stayed there.

30 But David continued up the Mount of Olives, weeping as he went; his head was covered and he was barefoot. All the people with him covered their heads too and were weeping as they went up. 31 Now David had been told, “Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom.” So David prayed, “Lord, turn Ahithophel’s counsel into foolishness.”

32 When David arrived at the summit, where people used to worship God, Hushai the Arkite was there to meet him, his robe torn and dust on his head. 33 David said to him, “If you go with me, you will be a burden to me. 34 But if you return to the city and say to Absalom, ‘Your Majesty, I will be your servant; I was your father’s servant in the past, but now I will be your servant,’ then you can help me by frustrating Ahithophel’s advice. 35 Won’t the priests Zadok and Abiathar be there with you? Tell them anything you hear in the king’s palace. 36 Their two sons, Ahimaaz son of Zadok and Jonathan son of Abiathar, are there with them. Send them to me with anything you hear.”

37 So Hushai, David’s confidant, arrived at Jerusalem as Absalom was entering the city.

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Samuel 15:20 Septuagint; Hebrew May kindness and faithfulness be with you
New International Version (NIV)

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