2 Samuel 14 ©
Joab instructeth a woman of Tekoah, and sendeth her to the king. She entertaineth the king with a feigned tale, the intent of which is to obtain leave for Absalom's return. Joab is sent to fetch him, but he is not allowed to see the king. Absalom's beauty; his children. After two years he getteth admittance to the king by Joab's means.
And Joab sent to cTekoah, and fetched thence da wise woman, and said unto her, I pray thee, feign thyself to be a mourner, and put on now mourning *apparel, and eanoint not thyself with oil, but be as a woman that had a long time mourned for the dead:
And, behold, kthe whole family is risen against thine handmaid, and they said, Deliver him that smote his brother, that we may kill him, for the life of his brother whom he slew; and we will destroy the heir also: and so they shall lquench my coal which is left, and shall not leave to my husband neither name nor remainder 3upon the earth.
And the king said, Whosoever saith ought unto thee, bring him to me, and he shall not touch thee any more.
Then said she, I pray thee, let the king oremember the LORD thy God, 4that thou pwouldest not suffer qthe revengers of blood to destroy any more, lest they destroy my son. And he said, As rthe LORD liveth, there shall not one hair of thy son fall to the earth.
Then the woman said, Let thine handmaid, I pray thee, speak one word unto my lord the king. And he said, Say on.
For we umust needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; 5neither doth God vrespect any person: yet doth he wdevise means, that his banished be not expelled from him.
Now therefore that I am come to speak of this thing unto my lord the king, it is because the people have made me afraid: and thy handmaid said, I will now speak unto the king; it may be that the king will perform the request of his handmaid.
For the king will hear, to deliver his handmaid out of the hand of the man that would destroy me and my son together out of xthe inheritance of God.
Then the king answered and said unto the woman, Hide not from me, I pray thee, the thing that I shall ask thee. And the woman said, Let my lord the king now speak.
And the king said, Is not the hand of Joab with thee in all this? And the woman answered and said, As zthy soul liveth, my lord the king, none can turn to the right hand or to the left from ought that my lord the king hath spoken: for thy servant Joab, he *bade me, and ahe put all these words in the mouth of thine handmaid:
To fetch about this form of speech hath thy servant Joab done this thing: and my lord is wise, according to the wisdom of an angel of God, to know all things that are in the earth.
¶And the king said unto Joab, Behold now, I have done this thing: go therefore, bring the young man Absalom again.
And Joab bfell to the ground on his face, and bowed himself, and 8thanked the king: and Joab said, To day thy servant knoweth that cI have found grace in thy sight, my lord, O king, in that the king hath fulfilled the request of 9his servant.
And the king said, Let him turn to his own house, and let him not esee my face. So Absalom returned to his own house, and saw not the king's face.
¶So Absalom dwelt two full years in Jerusalem, and ksaw not the king's face.
Therefore Absalom sent for Joab, to have sent him to the king; but he would not come to him: and when he sent again the second time, he would not come.
Then Joab arose, and came to Absalom unto his house, and said unto him, Wherefore have thy servants set my field on fire?
And Absalom answered Joab, Behold, I sent unto thee, saying, Come *hither, that I may send thee to the king, to say, Wherefore am I come from Geshur? it had been good for me to have been there still: now therefore let me see the king's face; and mif there be any iniquity in me, let him kill me.