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2 Samuel 18:5-9 Revised Standard Version (RSV)

And the king ordered Jo′ab and Abi′shai and It′tai, “Deal gently for my sake with the young man Ab′salom.” And all the people heard when the king gave orders to all the commanders about Ab′salom.

So the army went out into the field against Israel; and the battle was fought in the forest of E′phraim. And the men of Israel were defeated there by the servants of David, and the slaughter there was great on that day, twenty thousand men. The battle spread over the face of all the country; and the forest devoured more people that day than the sword.

And Ab′salom chanced to meet the servants of David. Ab′salom was riding upon his mule, and the mule went under the thick branches of a great oak, and his head caught fast in the oak, and he was left hanging[a] between heaven and earth, while the mule that was under him went on.

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Samuel 18:9 Gk Syr Tg: Heb was put
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2 Samuel 18:15 Revised Standard Version (RSV)

15 And ten young men, Jo′ab’s armor-bearers, surrounded Ab′salom and struck him, and killed him.

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2 Samuel 18:31-33 Revised Standard Version (RSV)

David Mourns for Absalom

31 And behold, the Cushite came; and the Cushite said, “Good tidings for my lord the king! For the Lord has delivered you this day from the power of all who rose up against you.” 32 The king said to the Cushite, “Is it well with the young man Ab′salom?” And the Cushite answered, “May the enemies of my lord the king, and all who rise up against you for evil, be like that young man.” 33 [a] And the king was deeply moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept; and as he went, he said, “O my son Ab′salom, my son, my son Ab′salom! Would I had died instead of you, O Ab′salom, my son, my son!”

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Samuel 18:33 Ch 19.1 in Heb
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