2 Samuel Chapter 15 (1611 Bible)
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2 And Absalom rose vp earely, and stood beside the way of the gate: and it was so, that when any man that had a controuersie, came to the king for iudgment, then Absalom called vnto him, and said, Of what citie art thou? And he said, Thy seruant is of one of the tribes of Israel.
12 And Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, Dauids counseller, from his citie, euen from Giloh, while he offered sacrifices: and the conspiracie was strong, for the people encreased continually with Absalom.
14 And Dauid said vnto all his seruants that were with him at Ierusalem, Arise, and let vs flee; for wee shall not else escape from Absalom: make speede to depart, lest hee ouertake vs suddenly, and bring euill vpon vs, and smite the city with the edge of the sword.
21 And Ittai answered the King, and said, As the Lord liueth, and as my lord the king liueth, surely in what place my lord the king shall be, whether in death or life, euen there also will thy seruant be.
23 And all the countrey wept with a loude voice, and all the people passed ouer: the King also himselfe passed ouer the brooke Kidron, and all the people passed ouer, toward the way of the wildernesse.
24 ¶ And loe, Zadok also, and all the Leuites were with him, bearing the Arke of the Couenant of God, and they set downe the Arke of God; and Abiathar went vp, vntill all the people had done passing out of the citie.
30 ¶ And Dauid went vp by the ascent of mount Oliuet, and wept as he went vp, and had his head couered, and he went barefoote, and all the people that was with him, couered euery man his head, and they went vp, weeping as they went vp.
34 But if thou returne to the citie, and say vnto Absalom, I wil be thy seruant, O king: as I haue bene thy fathers seruant hitherto, so will I now also be thy seruant: then mayest thou for mee defeat the counsell of Ahithophel.
35 And hast thou not there with thee Zadok, and Abiathar the Priests? therefore it shall be, that what thing soeuer thou shalt heare out of the kings house, thou shalt tell it to Zadok and Abiathar the Priests.
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B. J. Manuel's 2 Samuel Chapter 15 comment on 2/02/2013, 12:29am...
Being a person of some age and having been betrayed by people I have befriended from time to time helps me to identify with the feelings that David must have had toward Ahithophel, his once trusted counselor and confidant. The scene seems to be reflected in Psalm 55 where David deals with the pain of betrayal more openly (even angrily) and prophetically speaks to the manner in which Jesus would suffer betrayal by Judas. It also helps me to understand that being God's person is no guarantee against risks and being Christian involves learning to forgive even in a most hurtful circumstances, while still being open to love for those people who may conspire against me.
Amaechi Fidelis E.'s 2 Samuel Chapter 15 comment on 2/28/2012, 4:03am...
That great conspiracy of Absolom against King David his father even with David's Chief Adviser, Ahithophel is highly thought provoking. Though that was one of the judgments pronounced by God against David for his sin of killing and taking over Uriah's wife.
Gary Labute's 2 Samuel Chapter 15 comment on 5/27/2010, 9:11pm...
What strikes me here is that David had no faith anymore in his anointed by God status as king of Isreal. He never consulted God's prophet for counsel. He heard of Absalom's conspiracy against him and fled. Absalom was in Jerusalem for 40 years before doing this. David's faith in God during that time frame should have been like that tree planted by the waters and not been moved!Even David, the apple of God's eye was weak in spiritual matters, yet God loved him and sustained him! That gives all of us in Christ Jesus hope!
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