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2Samuel 19:1-4 And it was told Joab, Behold, the king weeps and mourns for Absalom. And the victory that day was turned into mourning unto all the people, for the people heard say that day how the king was grieved for his son. And the people gat them by stealth that day into the city, as people being ashamed steal away when they flee in battle. But the king covered his face and the king cried with a loud voice, O my son Absalom, O Absalom, my son, my son!

2Samuel 19:5 And Joab came into the house to the king and said, You have shamed this day the faces of all your servants which this day have saved your life and the lives of your sons and of your daughters and the lives of your wives and the lives of your concubines.

2Samuel 19:6,7 In that you love your enemies and hate your friends. For you have declared this day, that you regard neither princes nor servants and for this day I perceive that if Absalom had lived and all we had died this day, then it had pleased you well.(you cared more about your son Absalom than all of us). Now therefore arise, go forth and speak comfortably unto your servants. For I swear by the LORD, if you go not forth, there will not tarry one with you this night.(if you don't do this, we'll all leave you).and that will be worse unto you than all the evil that befell you from your youth until now.

2Samuel 19:8 Then the king arose and sat in the gate. And they told unto all the people, saying, Behold, the king sits in the gate. And all the people came before the king, for Israel had fled every man to his tent.

2Samuel 19:9 And all the people were at strife throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, The king saved us out of the hand of our enemies and he delivered us out of the hand of the Philistines and now he is fled out of the land for Absalom.(David had fled away from his son Absalom {when Absalom was still living:.2Samuel 18:5-33} who wanted the kingship from him; Absalom was against David his dad).

2Samuel 19:10-12 And Absalom, whom we anointed over us, is dead in battle. Now therefore why speak you not a word of bringing the king back? And king David sent to Zadok and to Abiathar the priests, saying, Speak unto the elders of Judah, saying, Why are you the last to bring the king back to his house? seeing the speech of all Israel is come to the king, even to his house. You are my brethren, you are my bones and my flesh, wherefore then are you the last to bring back the king?

2Samuel 19:13 And say you to Amasa, Art you not of my bone and of my flesh? God do so to me and more also, if you be not captain of the host before me continually in the room of Joab.(replacing Joab; he had enough of Joab).

2Samuel 19:14,15 And he bowed the heart of all the men of Judah, even as the heart of one man, so that they sent this word unto the king, Return you and all your servants. So the king returned and came to Jordan. And Judah came to Gilgal to go to meet the king, to conduct the king over Jordan.

2Samuel 19:40 Then the king went on to Gilgal and Chimham went on with him and all the people of Judah conducted the king and also half the people of Israel.

2Samuel 19:41-43 And, behold, all the men of Israel came to the king.(king David of Judah).and said unto the king, Why have our brethren the men of Judah stolen you away and have brought the king and his household and all David's men with him, over Jordan.(the tribes that split from Israel's original 12 tribes were living across the Jordan river)? And all the men of Judah answered the men of Israel, Because the king is near of kin to us, wherefore then be you angry for this matter? Have we eaten at all of the king's cost or has he given us any gift? And the men of Israel answered the men of Judah and said, We have ten parts in the king and we have also more right in David than you. Why then did you despise us that our advice should not be first had in bringing back our king? And the words of the men of Judah were fiercer.(more adamant).than the words of the men of Israel.

2Samuel 20:1,2 And there happened to be there a man of Belial, whose name was Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Benjamite and he blew a trumpet and said, We have no part in David, neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse.(David's dad was Jesse). Every man to his tents, O.Israel. So every man of Israel went up from after David and followed Sheba the son of Bichri.(many followed David and viewed him as king overall and many others of Israel easily gravitated to whomever would promise them more; these followed Sheba), but the men of.Judah.clave unto their king, from Jordan even to Jerusalem."

2Samuel 20:3-8 And David came to his house at Jerusalem and the king took the ten women.(that were Sheba's, which as much as said 'guess who is in charge here').his concubines, whom he had left to keep the house and put them in ward and fed them, but went not in unto them.(didn't have sex with any of them). So they were shut up unto the day of their death, living in widowhood. 

2Samuel 20:4,5 Then said the king to Amasa, Assemble me the men of Judah within three days and be thou here present.(you be here too). So Amasa went to assemble the men of Judah, but he tarried longer than the set time which he had appointed him.

2Samuel 20:6-8 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 after him, lest he get him fenced cities and escape us. 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. 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 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.

2Samuel 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.(Romans 16:16)

2Samuel 20:10 But Amasa took no heed to the sword that was in Joab's hand So he smote him therewith 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.

2Samuel 20:11-13 And one of Joab's men stood by him and said, He that favoureth Joab and he that is for David, let him go after.(fall in with Joab's purpose).Joab. 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. When he was removed out of the highway, all the people went on after.(Joab was in the lead).Joab, to pursue after Sheba the son of Bichri.

2Samuel 20:14-17 And he went through all the tribes of Israel unto Abel and to Bethmaachah and all the Berites and they were gathered together and went also after him. And they came and besieged him in Abel of Bethmaachah 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. 

2Samuel 20:16-17 Then cried a wise woman out of the city, Hear, hear, say, I pray you, unto Joab, Come near hither, that I may speak with thee. 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.

2Samuel 20:18 Then she spake, saying, They were wont to speak in old time, saying, They shall surely ask counsel at Abel and so they ended the matter.

Concise Bible Dictionary:."Abel here was a city of importance in the extreme North of Palestine in the lot of Naphtali or Manasseh.(map); it is called 'abel of BETH-MAACHAH' and the wisdom of its rulers was said to be proverbial.and it was here that Sheba took shelter from Joab, but was put to death by the inhabitants; it was taken with other cities by Benhadad {1Kings 15:20} and subsequently by Tiglath-pileser (2Kings 15:29) when its inhabitants were carried away captive to Assyria; it is called ABEL-MAIM in 2Chronicles 16:4 and identified with Abl, 33° 15' N, 35° 34' E."

2Samuel 20:19-22 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? 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 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 unto Joab, Behold, his head shall be thrown to thee over the wall. Then the woman went unto 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 unto the king. 

2Samuel 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.

2Samuel 20:24 And Adoram was over the tribute and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder.
And Sheva was scribe and Zadok and Abiathar were the priests. 

2Samuel 20:25 And Sheva was scribe and Zadok and Abiathar were the priests.

2Samuel 20:26 And Ira also the Jairite was a chief ruler about David.


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