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so the victory turned to mourning on that day for all the army, because they had heard that day, “The king is grieving over his son.” The army came secretly[a] into the city on that day because the army was disgraced when they fled in the battle, and because the king had covered his face and cried with a loud voice, “My son, Absalom, Absalom, my son, my son.”

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  1. 2 Samuel 19:3 Literally “stole secretly to come”

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!”

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