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2 Samuel 18Maori Bible (MAORI)

18  Na ka taua e Rawiri tona nuinga, a whakaritea ana e ia he rangatira mano mo ratou, he rangatira rau.

Na, ka tonoa te iwi e Rawiri; ko tetahi kotahi toru i raro i te ringa o Ioapa, ko tetahi kotahi toru i raro i te ringa o Apihai tama a Teruia, teina o Ioapa, a ko tetahi kotahi toru hoki i raro i te ringa o Itai Kiti. I mea ano te kingi ki te iwi, He pono ka haere tahi atu ano hoki ahau i a koutou.

Na ka mea te iwi, Kaua koe e puta ki waho: ki te rere hoki matou, e kore ratou e whai whakaaro ki a matou; ahakoa ko te hawhe o matou i mate, e kore ratou e whai whakaaro ki a matou: tena ko koe, e rite ana koe ki nga mano kotahi tekau o matou; n o reira he pai ke ko koe hei awhina ake mo matou i roto i te pa.

Na ka mea te kingi ki a ratou, Me mea e ahau nga mea e pai ana ki ta koutou titiro. Na tu ana te kingi ki te taha o te kuwaha, me te puta atu te iwi, ona rau, ona mano.

A i ako te kingi ki a Ioapa, ki a Apihai, ki a Itai, i mea, Mahara ki ahau, kia ata hanga hoki ki taua taitama, ki a Apoharama. I rongo ano te iwi katoa i te kingi e ako ana i nga rangatira katoa ki te tikanga mo Apoharama.

Na ko te putanga o te iwi ki te parae ki te tu ki a Iharaira: a i te ngahere o Eparaima te whawhai.

Na patua iho i reira nga tangata o Iharaira e nga tangata a Rawiri, nui atu te parekura i reira i taua ra, e rua tekau mano tangata.

A tohatoha noa i reira te whawhai ki te mata katoa o te whenua: tokomaha atu o te iwi i pau i te ngahere i nga mea i pau i te hoari i taua ra.

Na ka tupono a Apoharama ki nga tangata a Rawiri. I runga ano i te muera a Apoharama e noho ana. Na ko te haerenga o te muera i raro i nga peka matotoru o tetahi oki nui. Kua mau tona matenga ki te oki, a tarewa ana ia i te takiwa o te rangi, o t e whenua; haere atu ana te muera i raro i a ia.

10 Na ka kite tetahi tangata, whakaaturia ana e ia ki a Ioapa; i mea hoki, Nana, i kite ahau i a Apoharama e iri ana i tetahi oki.

11 Na ka mea a Ioapa ki taua tangata nana nei i whakaatu ki a ia, Ha, i kite koe, a he aha ia te patua ai e koe i reira ki te whenua? penei tekau nga hekere hiriwa kua hoatu e ahau ki a koe, me tetahi whitiki.

12 Na ka mea taua tangata ki a Ioapa, Ahakoa ka riro mai i toku ringa nga pihi hiriwa kotahi mano, pauna rawa, e kore e totoro toku ringa ki te tama a te kingi; i a tatou hoki e whakarongo ana i ako te kingi i a koe, i a Apihai, i a Itai, i mea, Ki a tupato kei pa tetahi ki te taitama ra, ki a Apoharama.

13 Mehemea hoki i mahi teka ahau, i mea i te mate mona; e kore hoki tetahi mea e ngaro i te kingi: i reira ko koe tonu na e tu ke i ahau.

14 Katahi a Ioapa ka mea, E kore e pai kia roa ahau nei i a koe. Na ka mau tona ringa ki etahi tao e toru, werohia atu ana e ia ki te ngakau o Apoharama, i a ia ano e ora ana i waenganui o te oki.

15 Na karapotia ana ia e nga taitama kotahi tekau, e nga kaimau patu a Ioapa, a patua ana a Apoharama e ratou, whakamatea ana.

16 Na whakatangihia ana e Ioapa te tetere, a hoki ana te iwi i te whai i a Iharaira. Na Ioapa hoki i pehi te iwi.

17 Na ka mau ratou ki a Apoharama, ka maka i a ia ki tetahi poka nui i te ngahere, a nui atu te puranga kohatu i haupuria ki runga ki a ia, a whati ana a Iharaira katoa ki tona teneti, ki tona teneti.

18 Na i tona oranga i tikina e Apoharama, i whakaarahia te pou mona, ko tera i te raorao o te kingi; i mea hoki ia, Kahore aku tama e maharatia ai toku ingoa: na huaina iho e ia tona ingoa ki taua pou: e huaina nei ano a reira, ko te tohu a Apohara ma a tae noa ki tenei ra.

19 Katahi ka mea a Ahimaata tama a Haroko, Tukua ahau kia rere ki te korero ki te kingi i ta Ihowa whakatikanga i tana whakawa ki ona hoariri.

20 Na ka mea a Ioapa, Kaua koe e kawe korero i tenei ra; engari me kawe korero koe a tetahi atu ra; i tenei ra ia e kore koe e kawe korero; kua mate hoki te tama a te kingi.

21 Katahi ka mea a Ioapa ki te Kuhi, Haere, korerotia ki te kingi tau i kite ai. Na ka piko iho te Kuhi ki a Ioapa, a rere ana.

22 Katahi ka mea ano a Ahimaata tama a Haroko ki a Ioapa, He ahakoa pehea, kia rere ano ahau i muri i te Kuhi. A ka mea a Ioapa, Kia rere koe hei aha, e taku tama? kahore nei hoki he painga ki a koe o nga korero.

23 He ahakoa ra, e ai ki tana, me rere ano ahau. Na ka mea tera ki a ia, E rere. Katahi ka rere a Ahimaata i te ara o te mania, a ka mahue te Kuhi.

24 Na e noho ana a Rawiri i waenganui i nga kuwaha e rua; i piki ano te kaititiro ki te tuanui i runga i te kuwaha, ki te taiepa; ko te marangatanga ake o ona kanohi, ka titiro, na ko tetahi tangata e rere mai ana, tona kotahi.

25 Na ka karanga te kaititiro, ka whakaatu ki te kingi. Ano ra ko te kingi, Ki te mea ko ia anake, he korero kei tona mangai. Na haere tonu mai ana tera, a ka tata.

26 I kite ano te kaititiro i tetahi atu tangata e rere mai ana, a ka karanga iho te kaititiro ki te kaitiaki o te kuwaha, ka mea, Tera he tangata e rere mai ra, ko ia anake. A ka mea te kingi, He korero ano ta tera.

27 Na ka mea te kaititiro, Ki taku titiro rite tonu te rere a te tuatahi ki te rere a Ahimaata tama a Haroko. A ka mea te kingi, He tangata pai ia, e haere mai ana me nga korero pai.

28 Na ka karanga a Ahimaata, ka mea ki te kingi, Kei te pai katoa. Na ka piko iho tona mata ki te whenua ki te aroaro o te kingi, a ka mea, Kia whakapaingia a Ihowa, tou Atua, nana nei i tuku mai nga tangata i totoro nei to ratou ringa ki toku arik i, ki te kingi.

29 Na ka mea te kingi, Kei te pai ranei te taitama a Apoharama? Ano ra ko Ahimaata, I te tononga a Ioapa i te tangata a te kingi, i ahau, i tau pononga, i kite ahau i te ngangau nui, heoi kihai i mohio he aha ranei.

30 Na ka mea te kingi ki a ia, Haere ake, e tu ki konei. Na haere ana ia, a tu ana.

31 Na ko te haerenga mai o te Kuhi; a ka mea te Kuhi, He korero, e toku ariki, e te kingi; kua whakatikaia hoki e Ihowa tau whakawa i te hunga i whakatika mai ra ki a koe.

32 Ano ra ko te kingi ki te Kuhi, Kei te pai ranei te taitama, a Apoharama? A ka mea te Kuhi, Kia rite ki taua taitama nga hoariri o toku ariki, o te kingi, me te hunga katoa e whakatika ana ki a koe hei mea i te kino mou.

33 Na oho pu te mauri o te kingi, a piki ana ki te ruma i runga i te kuwaha, tangi ana: ko tana korero tenei i a ia e haere ana, E taku tama, e Apoharama, e taku tama, e taku tama, e Apoharama! he pai mehemea ko ahau i mate, a kaua koe, e Apoharama, e taku tama, e taku tama.

2 Samuel 18New International Version (NIV)

18 David mustered the men who were with him and appointed over them commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds. David sent out his troops, a third under the command of Joab, a third under Joab’s brother Abishai son of Zeruiah, and a third under Ittai the Gittite. The king told the troops, “I myself will surely march out with you.”

But the men said, “You must not go out; if we are forced to flee, they won’t care about us. Even if half of us die, they won’t care; but you are worth ten thousand of us.[a] It would be better now for you to give us support from the city.”

The king answered, “I will do whatever seems best to you.”

So the king stood beside the gate while all his men marched out in units of hundreds and of thousands. The king commanded Joab, Abishai and Ittai, “Be gentle with the young man Absalom for my sake.” And all the troops heard the king giving orders concerning Absalom to each of the commanders.

David’s army marched out of the city to fight Israel, and the battle took place in the forest of Ephraim. There Israel’s troops were routed by David’s men, and the casualties that day were great—twenty thousand men. The battle spread out over the whole countryside, and the forest swallowed up more men that day than the sword.

Now Absalom happened to meet David’s men. He was riding his mule, and as the mule went under the thick branches of a large oak, Absalom’s hair got caught in the tree. He was left hanging in midair, while the mule he was riding kept on going.

10 When one of the men saw what had happened, he told Joab, “I just saw Absalom hanging in an oak tree.”

11 Joab said to the man who had told him this, “What! You saw him? Why didn’t you strike him to the ground right there? Then I would have had to give you ten shekels[b] of silver and a warrior’s belt.

12 But the man replied, “Even if a thousand shekels[c] were weighed out into my hands, I would not lay a hand on the king’s son. In our hearing the king commanded you and Abishai and Ittai, ‘Protect the young man Absalom for my sake.[d] 13 And if I had put my life in jeopardy[e]—and nothing is hidden from the king—you would have kept your distance from me.”

14 Joab said, “I’m not going to wait like this for you.” So he took three javelins in his hand and plunged them into Absalom’s heart while Absalom was still alive in the oak tree. 15 And ten of Joab’s armor-bearers surrounded Absalom, struck him and killed him.

16 Then Joab sounded the trumpet, and the troops stopped pursuing Israel, for Joab halted them. 17 They took Absalom, threw him into a big pit in the forest and piled up a large heap of rocks over him. Meanwhile, all the Israelites fled to their homes.

18 During his lifetime Absalom had taken a pillar and erected it in the King’s Valley as a monument to himself, for he thought, “I have no son to carry on the memory of my name.” He named the pillar after himself, and it is called Absalom’s Monument to this day.

David Mourns

19 Now Ahimaaz son of Zadok said, “Let me run and take the news to the king that the Lord has vindicated him by delivering him from the hand of his enemies.

20 “You are not the one to take the news today,” Joab told him. “You may take the news another time, but you must not do so today, because the king’s son is dead.”

21 Then Joab said to a Cushite, “Go, tell the king what you have seen.” The Cushite bowed down before Joab and ran off.

22 Ahimaaz son of Zadok again said to Joab, “Come what may, please let me run behind the Cushite.”

But Joab replied, “My son, why do you want to go? You don’t have any news that will bring you a reward.”

23 He said, “Come what may, I want to run.”

So Joab said, “Run!” Then Ahimaaz ran by way of the plain[f] and outran the Cushite.

24 While David was sitting between the inner and outer gates, the watchman went up to the roof of the gateway by the wall. As he looked out, he saw a man running alone. 25 The watchman called out to the king and reported it.

The king said, “If he is alone, he must have good news.” And the runner came closer and closer.

26 Then the watchman saw another runner, and he called down to the gatekeeper, “Look, another man running alone!”

The king said, “He must be bringing good news, too.”

27 The watchman said, “It seems to me that the first one runs like Ahimaaz son of Zadok.”

“He’s a good man,” the king said. “He comes with good news.”

28 Then Ahimaaz called out to the king, “All is well!” He bowed down before the king with his face to the ground and said, “Praise be to the Lord your God! He has delivered up those who lifted their hands against my lord the king.”

29 The king asked, “Is the young man Absalom safe?”

Ahimaaz answered, “I saw great confusion just as Joab was about to send the king’s servant and me, your servant, but I don’t know what it was.”

30 The king said, “Stand aside and wait here.” So he stepped aside and stood there.

31 Then the Cushite arrived and said, “My lord the king, hear the good news! The Lord has vindicated you today by delivering you from the hand of all who rose up against you.”

32 The king asked the Cushite, “Is the young man Absalom safe?”

The Cushite replied, “May the enemies of my lord the king and all who rise up to harm you be like that young man.”

33 The king was shaken. He went up to the room over the gateway and wept. As he went, he said: “O my son Absalom! My son, my son Absalom! If only I had died instead of you—O Absalom, my son, my son!”[g]

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Samuel 18:3 Two Hebrew manuscripts, some Septuagint manuscripts and Vulgate; most Hebrew manuscripts care; for now there are ten thousand like us
  2. 2 Samuel 18:11 That is, about 4 ounces or about 115 grams
  3. 2 Samuel 18:12 That is, about 25 pounds or about 12 kilograms
  4. 2 Samuel 18:12 A few Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Vulgate and Syriac; most Hebrew manuscripts may be translated Absalom, whoever you may be.
  5. 2 Samuel 18:13 Or Otherwise, if I had acted treacherously toward him
  6. 2 Samuel 18:23 That is, the plain of the Jordan
  7. 2 Samuel 18:33 In Hebrew texts this verse (18:33) is numbered 19:1.
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