2 Samuel 15 ©
Absalom by fair speeches and courtesies stealeth the hearts of the men of Israel. Under pretence of a vow he obtaineth leave to go to Hebron: where he formeth a dangerous conspiracy. Upon the news David fleeth from Jerusalem: Ittai, though a stranger, will not leave him. Zadok and Abiathar are sent back with the ark. David and his company go up mount Olivet weeping. He prayeth God to defeat Ahithophel's counsel. Hushai is sent back with instructions how to act for David's service.
And Absalom brose up early, and stood beside the way of the gate: and it was so, that when any man that had a controversy 1came to the king for judgment, then Absalom called unto him, and said, Of what city art thou? And he said, Thy servant is of one of the tribes of Israel.
And the king said unto him, lGo in peace. So he arose, and went to Hebron.
And Absalom sent for qAhithophel the Gilonite, rDavid's counsellor, from his city, even from Giloh, while he soffered sacrifices. And the conspiracy was strong; for the people tincreased continually with Absalom.
And David said unto all his servants that were with him at Jerusalem, Arise, and let us vflee; for we shall not else escape from Absalom: make speed to depart, lest he overtake us suddenly, and 3bring evil upon us, and smite the city with the edge of the sword.
And David said to Ittai, Go and gpass over. And Ittai the Gittite passed over, and all his men, and all the little ones that were with him.
And all the country wept with a loud voice, and all the people passed over: the king also himself passed over the hbrook 7Kidron, and all the people passed over, toward the way of ithe wilderness.
Zadok therefore and Abiathar carried the ark of God again to Jerusalem: and they tarried there.
¶And David went up by the ascent of vmount Olivet, and 8wept as he went up, and whad his head covered, and he went barefoot: and all the people that was with him covered every man his head, and they went up, weeping as they went up.
¶And it came to pass, that when David was come to the ztop of the mount, where he aworshipped God, behold, bHushai the Archite came to meet him with chis coat rent, and earth upon his head:
Unto whom David said, If thou passest on with me, then thou shalt be da burden unto me:
But if thou ereturn to the city, and say unto Absalom, fI will be thy servant, O king; as I have been thy father's servant *hitherto, so will I now also be thy servant: then mayest thou for me defeat the counsel of Ahithophel.
And hast thou not there with thee Zadok and Abiathar the priests? therefore it shall be, that what thing soever gthou shalt hear out of the king's house, thou shalt tell it to Zadok and Abiathar the priests.