2 Samuel 19 ©
Joab by threats forceth David to cease mourning. The Israelites are earnest to bring the king back. David sendeth to the priests to incite the men of Judah. Shimei making submission is pardoned. Mephibosheth cometh to meet David, and complaineth of his servant's treachery; half his land is restored to him. Barzillai attendeth the king over Jordan, and is gratefully dismissed; Chimham is received into the king's family. The men of Israel expostulate with the men of Judah for not calling them to take part in bringing back the king.
AND it was told Joab, Behold, the king weepeth and mourneth for Absalom.
And the people *gat them by stealth that day binto the city, as people being ashamed steal away when they flee in battle.
And Joab came into the house to the king, and said, Thou hast dshamed this day the faces of all thy servants, which this day have saved thy life, and the lives of thy sons and of thy daughters, and the lives of thy wives, and the lives of thy concubines;
¶And king David sent to lZadok and to Abiathar the priests, saying, Speak unto the elders of Judah, saying, Why are ye the mlast to bring the king back to his house? seeing the speech of all Israel is come to the king, even to his house.
And say ye oto Amasa, Art thou not of my bone, and of my flesh? pGod do so to me, and more also, if thou be not qcaptain of the host before me continually rin the *room of Joab.
And there went over a ferry boat to carry over the king's household, and to do 6what he thought good. And Shimei the son of Gera fell down before the king, as he was come over Jordan;
And it came to pass, when he was come to Jerusalem to meet the king, that the king said unto him, jWherefore wentest not thou with me, Mephibosheth?
And he answered, My lord, O king, my servant deceived me: for thy servant said, I will saddle me an ass, that I may ride thereon, and go to the king; because thy servant is lame.
And Barzillai said unto the king, 8How long have I to live, that I should go up with the king unto Jerusalem?
Thy servant will go a little way over Jordan with the king: and why should the king recompense it me with such a reward?
And the king answered, Chimham shall go over with me, and I will do to him that which shall seem good unto thee: and whatsoever thou shalt 9require of me, that will I do for thee.
And the men of Israel answered the men of Judah, and said, bWe have ten parts in the king, and we have also more right in David than ye: why then did ye 11despise us, that our advice should not be first had in bringing back our king? cAnd the words of the men of Judah were fiercer than the words of the men of Israel.