2 Samuel 20 ©
Sheba revolteth with the men of Israel. David on his return to Jerusalem shutteth up his ten concubines for life. Amasa, made captain of the host, is slain by Joab. Joab pursueth Sheba to Abel. By the persuasions of a wise woman Sheba's head is thrown over the wall, and the city saved. David's great officers.
AND there ahappened to be there a bman of Belial, whose name was Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Benjamite: and he cblew a trumpet, and said, dWe have no part in David, neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to his tents, O Israel.
¶And David came to his house at Jerusalem; and the king took the gten women his concubines, whom he had left to keep the house, and put them *in 1ward, and fed them, but hwent not in unto them. So they were 2shut up unto the day of their death, living 3in widowhood.
When they were at nthe great stone which is in Gibeon, Amasa went before them. And Joab's garment that he had put on was *girded unto him, and upon it a girdle with a sword fastened upon his loins in the sheath thereof; and as he went forth it fell out.
When he was removed out of the highway, all the people went on after Joab, to pursue after Sheba the son of Bichri.
And when he was come near unto her, the woman said, Art thou Joab? And he answered, I am he. Then she said unto him, Hear the words of thine handmaid. And he answered, I do hear.
Then she spake, saying, 9They were *wont to speak in old time, saying, They shall surely ask counsel at Abel: and so they ended the matter.
And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me, that I should swallow up or destroy.
The matter is not so: but za man of mount Ephraim, Sheba the son of Bichri 10by name, hath lifted up his hand against the king, even against David: deliver him only, and I will depart from the city. And the woman said unto Joab, aBehold, his head shall be thrown to thee over the wall.
Then the woman went unto all the people bin her wisdom. And they cut off the head of Sheba the son of Bichri, and cast it out to Joab. And he cblew a trumpet, and they 11retired from the city, every man to his tent. And Joab returned to Jerusalem unto the king.