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2 Samuel 19:1-14 New King James Version (NKJV)

David Returns to Jerusalem

19 And Joab was told, “Behold, the king is weeping and mourning for Absalom.” So the victory that day was turned into mourning for all the people. For the people heard it said that day, “The king is grieved for his son.” And the people [a]stole back into the city that day, as people who are ashamed steal away when they flee in battle. But the king covered his face, and the king cried out with a loud voice, “O my son Absalom! O Absalom, my son, my son!”

Then Joab came into the house to the king, and said, “Today you have disgraced all your servants who today have saved your life, the lives of your sons and daughters, the lives of your wives and the lives of your concubines, in that you love your enemies and hate your friends. For you have declared today that you [b]regard neither princes nor servants; for today I perceive that if Absalom had lived and all of us had died today, then it would have pleased you well. Now therefore, arise, go out and speak [c]comfort to your servants. For I swear by the Lord, if you do not go out, not one will stay with you this night. And that will be worse for you than all the evil that has befallen you from your youth until now.” Then the king arose and sat in the gate. And they told all the people, saying, “There is the king, sitting in the gate.” So all the people came before the king.

For everyone of Israel had fled to his tent.

David Returns to Jerusalem

Now all the people were in a dispute throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, “The king saved us from the hand of our enemies, he delivered us from the hand of the Philistines, and now he has fled from the land because of Absalom. 10 But Absalom, whom we anointed over us, has died in battle. Now therefore, why do you say nothing about bringing back the king?”

11 So King David sent to Zadok 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 words of all Israel have come to the king, to his very house? 12 You are my brethren, you are my bone and my flesh. Why then are you the last to bring back the king?’ 13 And say to Amasa, ‘Are you not my bone and my flesh? God do so to me, and more also, if you are not commander of the army before me [d]continually in place of Joab.’ ” 14 So he swayed the hearts of all the men of Judah, just as the heart of one man, so that they sent this word to the king: “Return, you and all your servants!”

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Samuel 19:3 went by stealth
  2. 2 Samuel 19:6 have no respect for
  3. 2 Samuel 19:7 Lit. to the heart of
  4. 2 Samuel 19:13 permanently
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 19:1-14 Chinese Union Version (Traditional) (CUV)

19 有 人 告 訴 約 押 說 : 王 為 押 沙 龍 哭 泣 悲 哀 。

眾 民 聽 說 王 為 他 兒 子 憂 愁 , 他 們 得 勝 的 歡 樂 卻 變 成 悲 哀 。

那 日 眾 民 暗 暗 地 進 城 , 就 如 敗 陣 逃 跑 、 慚 愧 的 民 一 般 。

王 蒙 著 臉 , 大 聲 哭 號 說 : 我 兒 押 沙 龍 啊 ! 押 沙 龍 , 我 兒 , 我 兒 啊 !

約 押 進 去 見 王 , 說 : 你 今 日 使 你 一 切 僕 人 臉 面 慚 愧 了 ! 他 們 今 日 救 了 你 的 性 命 和 你 兒 女 妻 妾 的 性 命 ,

你 卻 愛 那 恨 你 的 人 , 恨 那 愛 你 的 人 。 你 今 日 明 明 地 不 以 將 帥 、 僕 人 為 念 。 我 今 日 看 明 , 若 押 沙 龍 活 著 , 我 們 都 死 亡 , 你 就 喜 悅 了 。

現 在 你 當 出 去 , 安 慰 你 僕 人 的 心 。 我 指 著 耶 和 華 起 誓 : 你 若 不 出 去 , 今 夜 必 無 一 人 與 你 同 在 一 處 ; 這 禍 患 就 比 你 從 幼 年 到 如 今 所 遭 的 更 甚 !

於 是 王 起 來 , 坐 在 城 門 口 。 眾 民 聽 說 王 坐 在 城 門 口 , 就 都 到 王 面 前 。 以 色 列 人 已 經 逃 跑 , 各 回 各 家 . 去 了 。

以 色 列 眾 支 派 的 人 紛 紛 議 論 說 : 王 曾 救 我 們 脫 離 仇 敵 的 手 , 又 救 我 們 脫 離 非 利 士 人 的 手 , 現 在 他 躲 避 押 沙 龍 逃 走 了 。

10 我 們 膏 押 沙 龍 治 理 我 們 , 他 已 經 陣 亡 。 現 在 為 甚 麼 不 出 一 言 請 王 回 來 呢 ?

11 大 衛 王 差 人 去 見 祭 司 撒 督 和 亞 比 亞 他 , 說 : 你 們 當 向 猶 大 長 老 說 : 以 色 列 眾 人 已 經 有 話 請 王 回 宮 , 你 們 為 甚 麼 落 在 他 們 後 頭 呢 ?

12 你 們 是 我 的 弟 兄 , 是 我 的 骨 肉 , 為 甚 麼 在 人 後 頭 請 王 回 來 呢 ?

13 也 要 對 亞 瑪 撒 說 : 你 不 是 我 的 骨 肉 麼 ? 我 若 不 立 你 替 約 押 常 作 元 帥 , 願 神 重 重 地 降 罰 與 我 !

14 如 此 就 挽 回 猶 大 眾 人 的 心 , 如 同 一 人 的 心 。 他 們 便 打 發 人 去 見 王 , 說 : 請 王 和 王 的 一 切 臣 僕 回 來 。

2 Samuel 19:1-14 New International Version (NIV)

19 [a]Joab was told, “The king is weeping and mourning for Absalom.” And for the whole army the victory that day was turned into mourning, because on that day the troops heard it said, “The king is grieving for his son.” The men stole into the city that day as men steal in who are ashamed when they flee from battle. The king covered his face and cried aloud, “O my son Absalom! O Absalom, my son, my son!”

Then Joab went into the house to the king and said, “Today you have humiliated all your men, who have just saved your life and the lives of your sons and daughters and the lives of your wives and concubines. You love those who hate you and hate those who love you. You have made it clear today that the commanders and their men mean nothing to you. I see that you would be pleased if Absalom were alive today and all of us were dead. Now go out and encourage your men. I swear by the Lord that if you don’t go out, not a man will be left with you by nightfall. This will be worse for you than all the calamities that have come on you from your youth till now.”

So the king got up and took his seat in the gateway. When the men were told, “The king is sitting in the gateway,” they all came before him.

Meanwhile, the Israelites had fled to their homes.

David Returns to Jerusalem

Throughout the tribes of Israel, all the people were arguing among themselves, saying, “The king delivered us from the hand of our enemies; he is the one who rescued us from the hand of the Philistines. But now he has fled the country to escape from Absalom; 10 and Absalom, whom we anointed to rule over us, has died in battle. So why do you say nothing about bringing the king back?”

11 King David sent this message to Zadok and Abiathar, the priests: “Ask the elders of Judah, ‘Why should you be the last to bring the king back to his palace, since what is being said throughout Israel has reached the king at his quarters? 12 You are my relatives, my own flesh and blood. So why should you be the last to bring back the king?’ 13 And say to Amasa, ‘Are you not my own flesh and blood? May God deal with me, be it ever so severely, if you are not the commander of my army for life in place of Joab.’”

14 He won over the hearts of the men of Judah so that they were all of one mind. They sent word to the king, “Return, you and all your men.”

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Samuel 19:1 In Hebrew texts 19:1-43 is numbered 19:2-44.
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