31 Now David had been told, “Ahithophel(A) is among the conspirators with Absalom.” So David prayed, “Lord, turn Ahithophel’s counsel into foolishness.”

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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,’(A) then you can help me by frustrating(B) Ahithophel’s advice.

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The Advice of Ahithophel and Hushai

15 Meanwhile, Absalom(A) and all the men of Israel came to Jerusalem, and Ahithophel(B) was with him.

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23 Now in those days the advice(A) Ahithophel gave was like that of one who inquires of God. That was how both David(B) and Absalom regarded all of Ahithophel’s advice.

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14 Absalom and all the men of Israel said, “The advice(A) of Hushai the Arkite is better than that of Ahithophel.”(B) For the Lord had determined to frustrate(C) the good advice of Ahithophel in order to bring disaster(D) on Absalom.(E)

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34 Eliphelet son of Ahasbai the Maakathite,(A)

Eliam(B) son of Ahithophel(C) the Gilonite,

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33 Ahithophel(A) was the king’s counselor.

Hushai(B) the Arkite was the king’s confidant.

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