Second Samuel 20


20:1 And there happened to be there a man of Belial, whose name
 [was] Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Benjaminite: and he blew a
 trumpet, and said, We have no part in David, neither have we
 inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to his tents, O
 Israel.
20:2 So every man of Israel, withdrawing from David, followed
 Sheba the son of Bichri: but the men of Judah adhered to their
 king, from Jordan even to Jerusalem.
20:3 And David came to his house at Jerusalem; and the king took
 the ten women [his] concubines, whom he had left to keep the
 house, and put them in custody, and fed them, but went not in
 to them. So they were shut up to the day of their death, living
 in widowhood.
20:4 Then said the king to Amasa, Assemble to me the men of
 Judah within three days, and be thou here present.
20:5 So Amasa went to assemble [the men of] Judah: but he
 tarried longer than the set time which he had appointed him.
20:6 And David said to Abishai, Now shall Sheba the son of
 Bichri do us more harm than [did] Absalom: take thou thy lord's
 servants, and pursue him, lest he get for himself fortified
 cities, and escape us.
20:7 And there went out after him Joab's men, and the
 Cherethites, and the Pelethites, and all the mighty men: and
 they went out of Jerusalem, to pursue after Sheba the son of
 Bichri.
20:8 When they [were] at the great stone which [is] in Gibeon,
 Amasa went before them. And Joab's garment that he had put on
 was girded to him, and upon it a girdle [with] a sword fastened
 upon his loins in its sheath; and as he went forth it fell out.
20:9 And Joab said to Amasa, [Art] thou in health, my brother?
 And Joab took Amasa by the beard with the right hand to kiss
 him.
20:10 But Amasa took no heed to the sword that [was] in Joab's
 hand: so he smote him in the fifth [rib], and shed out his
 bowels to the ground, and struck him not again; and he died. So
 Joab and Abishai his brother pursued after Sheba the son of
 Bichri.
20:11 And one of Joab's men stood by him, and said, He that
 favoreth Joab, and he that [is] for David, [let him go] after
 Joab.
20:12 And Amasa wallowed in blood in the midst of the highway.
 And when the man saw that all the people stood still, he
 removed Amasa out of the highway into the field, and cast a
 cloth upon him, when he saw that every one that came by him
 stood still.
20:13 When he was removed out of the highway, all the people
 went on after Joab, to pursue after Sheba the son of Bichri.
20:14 And he went through all the tribes of Israel to Abel, and
 to Beth-maachah, and all the Berites: and they were assembled,
 and went also after him.
20:15 And they came and besieged him in Abel of Beth-maachah,
 and they cast up a bank against the city, and it stood in the
 trench: and all the people that [were] with Joab battered the
 wall, to throw it down.
20:16 Then cried a wise woman out of the city, Hear, hear; say,
 I pray you, to Joab, Come near hither, that I may speak with
 thee.
20:17 And when he was come near to her, the woman said, [Art]
 thou Joab? And he answered, I [am he]. Then she said to him,
 Hear the words of thy handmaid. And he answered, I do hear.
20:18 Then she spoke, saying, They were wont to speak in old
 time, saying, They will surely ask [counsel] at Abel: and so
 they ended [the matter].
20:19 I [am one of them that are] peaceable [and] faithful in
 Israel: thou seekest to destroy a city and a mother in Israel:
 why wilt thou swallow up the inheritance of the LORD?
20:20 And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me,
 that I should swallow up or destroy.
20:21 The matter [is] not so: but a man of mount Ephraim, Sheba
 the son of Bichri by 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 to Joab, Behold, his head
 shall be thrown to thee over the wall.
20:22 Then the woman went to all the people in her wisdom. And
 they cut off the head of Sheba the son of Bichri, and cast [it]
 out to Joab. And he blew a trumpet, and they retired from the
 city, every man to his tent. And Joab returned to Jerusalem to
 the king.
20:23 Now Joab [was] over all the host of Israel: and Benaiah
 the son of Jehoiada [was] over the Cherethites and over the
 Pelethites:
20:24 And Adoram [was] over the tribute: and Jehoshaphat the son
 of Ahilud [was] recorder:
20:25 And Sheva [was] scribe: and Zadok and Abiathar [were] the
 priests:
20:26 And Ira also the Jairite was a chief ruler about David.
 
 

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