Hushai Saves David

17 Moreover, Ahithophel said to Absalom, “Let me choose twelve thousand men, and I will arise and pursue David tonight. I will come upon him while he is (A)weary and discouraged and throw him into a panic, and all the people who are with him will flee. (B)I will strike down only the king, and I will bring all the people back to you as a bride comes home to her husband. You seek the life of only one man,[a] and all the people will be at peace.” And the advice seemed right in the eyes of Absalom and all the elders of Israel.

Then Absalom said, “Call (C)Hushai the Archite also, and let us hear what he has to say.” And when Hushai came to Absalom, Absalom said to him, “Thus has Ahithophel spoken; shall we do as he says? If not, you speak.” Then Hushai said to Absalom, “This time the counsel that Ahithophel has given is not good.” Hushai said, “You know that your father and his men are mighty men, and that they are enraged,[b] (D)like a bear robbed of her cubs in the field. Besides, your father is expert in war; he will not spend the night with the people. Behold, even now he has hidden himself in one of the pits or in some other place. And as soon as some of the people fall[c] at the first attack, whoever hears it will say, ‘There has been a slaughter among the people who follow Absalom.’ 10 Then even the valiant man, whose heart is like the heart of a lion, will utterly (E)melt with fear, for all Israel knows that your father is a mighty man, and that those who are with him are valiant men. 11 But my counsel is that all Israel be gathered to you, (F)from Dan to Beersheba, (G)as the sand by the sea for multitude, and that you go to battle in person. 12 So we shall come upon him in some place where he is to be found, and we shall light upon him as the dew falls on the ground, and of him and all the men with him not one will be left. 13 If he withdraws into a city, then all Israel will bring ropes to that city, and we shall drag it into the valley, until not even a pebble is to be found there.” 14 And Absalom and all the men of Israel said, “The counsel of Hushai the Archite is better than the counsel of Ahithophel.” (H)For the Lord had ordained[d] to defeat the good counsel of Ahithophel, so that the Lord might bring harm upon Absalom.

15 (I)Then Hushai said to Zadok and Abiathar the priests, “Thus and so did Ahithophel counsel Absalom and the elders of Israel, and thus and so have I counseled. 16 Now therefore send quickly and tell David, ‘Do not stay tonight at (J)the fords of the wilderness, but by all means pass over, lest the king and all the people who are with him be (K)swallowed up.’” 17 Now (L)Jonathan and Ahimaaz were waiting at (M)En-rogel. A female servant was to go and tell them, and they were to go and tell King David, for they were not to be seen entering the city. 18 But a young man saw them and told Absalom. So both of them went away quickly and came to the house of a man at (N)Bahurim, who had a well in his courtyard. And they went down into it. 19 (O)And the woman took and spread a covering over the well's mouth and scattered grain on it, and nothing was known of it. 20 When Absalom's servants came to the woman at the house, they said, “Where are Ahimaaz and Jonathan?” And the woman said to them, “They have gone over the brook[e] of water.” And when they had sought and could not find them, they returned to Jerusalem.

21 After they had gone, the men came up out of the well, and went and told King David. They said to David, (P)“Arise, and go quickly over the water, for thus and so has Ahithophel counseled against you.” 22 Then David arose, and all the people who were with him, and they crossed the Jordan. By daybreak not one was left who had not crossed the Jordan.

23 When Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his donkey and went off home to (Q)his own city. He (R)set his house in order and (S)hanged himself, and he died and was buried in the tomb of his father.

24 Then David came to (T)Mahanaim. And Absalom crossed the Jordan with all the men of Israel. 25 Now Absalom had set (U)Amasa over the army instead of Joab. Amasa was the son of a man named Ithra the Ishmaelite,[f] who had married Abigal the daughter of (V)Nahash, sister of Zeruiah, Joab's mother. 26 And Israel and Absalom encamped in the land of Gilead.

27 When David came to Mahanaim, (W)Shobi the son of Nahash from (X)Rabbah of the Ammonites, and (Y)Machir the son of Ammiel from Lo-debar, and (Z)Barzillai the Gileadite from Rogelim, 28 brought beds, basins, and earthen vessels, wheat, barley, flour, parched grain, beans and lentils,[g] 29 honey and curds and sheep and cheese from the herd, for David and the people with him to eat, for they said, “The people are hungry and (AA)weary and thirsty (AB)in the wilderness.”

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  1. 2 Samuel 17:3 Septuagint; Hebrew back to you. Like the return of the whole is the man whom you seek
  2. 2 Samuel 17:8 Hebrew bitter of soul
  3. 2 Samuel 17:9 Or And as he falls on them
  4. 2 Samuel 17:14 Hebrew commanded
  5. 2 Samuel 17:20 The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain
  6. 2 Samuel 17:25 Compare 1 Chronicles 2:17; Hebrew Israelite
  7. 2 Samuel 17:28 Hebrew adds and parched grain

23 (A)When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his garments and divided them into four parts, one part for each soldier; also his tunic.[a] But the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom, 24 so they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it shall be.” (B)This was to fulfill the Scripture which says,

(C)“They divided my garments among them,
    and for my clothing they cast lots.”

So the soldiers did these things, 25 (D)but standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother and (E)the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, (F)“Woman, behold, your son!” 27 Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to (G)his own home.

The Death of Jesus

28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now (H)finished, said ((I)to fulfill the Scripture), (J)“I thirst.” 29 A jar full of sour wine stood there, (K)so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. 30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, (L)“It is finished,” and he bowed his head and (M)gave up his spirit.

Jesus' Side Is Pierced

31 Since it was (N)the day of Preparation, and (O)so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was (P)a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken and that they might be taken away. 32 So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other (Q)who had been crucified with him. 33 But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34 But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out (R)blood and water. 35 (S)He who saw it has borne witness—(T)his testimony is true, and he knows that he is telling the truth—(U)that you also may believe. 36 (V)For these things took place that the Scripture might be fulfilled: (W)“Not one of his bones (X)will be broken.” 37 And again another Scripture says, (Y)“They will look on him whom they have pierced.”

Jesus Is Buried

38 (Z)After these things Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly (AA)for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took away his body. 39 (AB)Nicodemus also, who earlier had come to Jesus[b] by night, came (AC)bringing a mixture of (AD)myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds[c] in weight. 40 So they took the body of Jesus and (AE)bound it in (AF)linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. 41 Now in the place where he was crucified there was a (AG)garden, and (AH)in the garden a new tomb (AI)in which no one had yet been laid. 42 So because of the Jewish (AJ)day of Preparation, (AK)since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.

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  1. John 19:23 Greek chiton, a long garment worn under the cloak next to the skin
  2. John 19:39 Greek him
  3. John 19:39 Greek one hundred litras; a litra (or Roman pound) was equal to about 11 1/2 ounces or 327 grams


129 Your testimonies are (A)wonderful;
    therefore my soul (B)keeps them.
130 The unfolding of your words gives light;
    it imparts (C)understanding to the simple.
131 I (D)open my mouth and (E)pant,
    because I (F)long for your commandments.
132 (G)Turn to me and be gracious to me,
    as is your way with those who love your name.
133 (H)Keep steady my steps according to your promise,
    and let no iniquity (I)get dominion over me.
134 (J)Redeem me from man's oppression,
    that I may keep your precepts.
135 (K)Make your face shine upon your servant,
    and (L)teach me your statutes.
136 My eyes (M)shed streams of tears,
    because people (N)do not keep your law.


137 (O)Righteous are you, O Lord,
    and right are your rules.
138 You have appointed your testimonies in (P)righteousness
    and in all (Q)faithfulness.
139 My (R)zeal consumes me,
    because my foes forget your words.
140 Your promise is well (S)tried,
    and your servant (T)loves it.
141 I am small and despised,
    yet I do not (U)forget your precepts.
142 Your righteousness is righteous forever,
    and your law is (V)true.
143 Trouble and anguish have found me out,
    but your commandments are my (W)delight.
144 Your testimonies are righteous forever;
    (X)give me understanding that I may (Y)live.


145 With my (Z)whole heart I cry; answer me, O Lord!
    I will (AA)keep your statutes.
146 I call to you; save me,
    that I may observe your testimonies.
147 I rise before (AB)dawn and cry for help;
    I (AC)hope in your words.
148 My eyes are awake before (AD)the watches of the night,
    that I may meditate on your promise.
149 Hear my voice according to your steadfast love;
    O Lord, (AE)according to your justice (AF)give me life.
150 They draw near who persecute me with evil purpose;
    they are far from your law.
151 But (AG)you are near, O Lord,
    and all your commandments are (AH)true.
152 Long have I known from your testimonies
    that you have (AI)founded them forever.

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12 It is an abomination to kings to do evil,
    for (A)the throne is established by righteousness.
13 (B)Righteous lips are the delight of a king,
    and he loves him who speaks what is right.

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